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).

Nearby words

  1. vat,
  2. vat dye,
  3. vat.,
  4. vater,
  5. vater's ampulla,
  6. vatic,
  7. vatican,
  8. vatican city,
  9. vatican city state,
  10. vatican council

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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