- bulk-rate telephone service that enables a subscriber to make an unlimited number of long-distance telephone calls within a given service area for a fixed monthly charge or to receive calls from given areas with no charge to the caller.
Origin of WATS
W(ide) A(rea) T(elecommunications) S(ervice)
- a Buddhist temple or monastery in Thailand or Cambodia.
Origin of wat
1870–75; < Thai < Sanskrit vāṭa enclosure
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Examples from the Web for wats
Several of the larger "wats" in the capital are deserving of further notice.The Kingdom of the Yellow Robe
In all parts of the city you may find the "wats" or temples.Siam
George B. Bacon
There is only one pleasant part of the town, and that is, where the Wats are built.
The people think they get great merit by making Wats, and therefore they take so much trouble: for the Siamese are very idle.
Growing with this is often found another species—E. ursinum, Wats.The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits
Mary Elizabeth Parsons
- a Thai Buddhist monastery or temple
Thai, from Sanskrit vāta enclosure
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Word Origin and History for wats
Thai Buddhist temple, said to be from Sanskrit vata "enclosure, grove."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper