1620s, "poet or bard," specifically "Celtic divinely inspired poet" (1728), from Latin vates "sooth-sayer, prophet, seer," cognate with Old Irish faith "poet," Welsh gwawd "poem," Old English wod "mad, frenzied" (see wood (adj.)). Hence vaticination "oracular prediction" (c.1600).
- vat dye,
- vater's ampulla,
- vatican city,
- vatican city state,
- vatican council
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Hence the prophetic Sibyl in Virgil is styled Amphrysia vates.
The Vates (another class of Druids), if not the Bardi, sought for omens among the entrails of victims offered in sacrifice.The Mysteries of All Nations|James Grant
I don't wish to claim the character of 'Vates' the prophet, but were they not a little prophetic?My Recollections of Lord Byron|Teresa Guiccioli
He is poeta more than vates, and he is least Tennysonian in a poem like "Maud."Platform Monologues|T. G. Tucker
Like Mr. Fitzgerald, shall I not lay claim to the character of 'Vates?'Life of Lord Byron, Vol. III|Thomas Moore