What does the word votary mean?

Usage examples for votary

  1. A sort of yellow tint predominates, which gives additional solemnity to the altar, and paleness to the votary before it. – Dreams, Waking Thoughts, and Incidents by William Beckford
  2. But the quiet dignity of his attitude is marred by the lines in which the votary of fair forms turns with loathing from the new faith which has conquered by the blood and agony of saints and martyrs. – Studies in Literature and History by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
  3. Above, in the clouds, with angels, is the Madonna, who looks cheerfully on, while the lovely Child holds a wreath, as if ready to crown a votary. – Walks in Rome by Augustus J.C. Hare