- a Buddhist temple or monastery in Thailand or Cambodia.
Origin of wat
1870–75; < Thai < Sanskrit vāṭa enclosure
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Siem Reap, Cambodia, is a fairly wild city best known as the gateway to Angor Wat.Fresh Picks
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Wat burst into the opened room first, Grim right behind him.
Nevertheless, while Wat fumbled for the button that released the slide, he took a chance.
This was his Earth, his and Grim's and Wat's, and of millions of other normal human beings.
Wat, who had artistically applied the make-up, viewed his handiwork with admiration.
Wat and Grim had not heard, or if they did, they could do nothing.
- a Thai Buddhist monastery or temple
Thai, from Sanskrit vāta enclosure
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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