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[waht] /wɑt/
a Buddhist temple or monastery in Thailand or Cambodia.
Origin of wat
1870-75; < Thai < Sanskrit vāṭa enclosure Unabridged
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  • The girl instinctively moved a little nearer to wat and clasped his hand more firmly.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • I wat weel how the world wags; he's best lik'd wha has maist bags.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • The wat Tyler insurrection was put down, but that which produced it could never be put down any more.

  • wat burst into the opened room first, Grim right behind him.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • So far as his own life was concerned, wat hoped little from this combat.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • wat's voice was shrill in the land, yelling, exhorting, screaming.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • "Now the winds of heaven be thanked for wafting thee hither, dear wat," he cried.

    Sea-Dogs All! Tom Bevan
  • wat's thumb was raised to his nose in an immemorial gesture.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • Then beckoning Scarlett, whose figure he could discern black against the sand of the281 beach, wat stepped on board.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for wat


a Thai Buddhist monastery or temple
Word Origin
Thai, from Sanskrit vāta enclosure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wat

Thai Buddhist temple, said to be from Sanskrit vata "enclosure, grove."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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