a large container, as a tub or tank, used for storing or holding liquids: a wine vat.
  1. a preparation containing an insoluble dye converted by reduction into a soluble leuco base.
  2. a vessel containing such a preparation.

verb (used with object), vat·ted, vat·ting.

to put into or treat in a vat.

Origin of vat

before 1100; Middle English (south); Old English fæt vessel; cognate with Old Norse fat vessel, German Fass keg
Related formsun·vat·ted, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for vats

container, cask, barrel, cistern, tank, basin, tub, pit, tun

Examples from the Web for vats

Contemporary Examples of vats

  • Together the teams will use 66lb of flour, 408lb of butter, 990lb of sugar, four vats of golden syrup and 1,480lb of chocolate.

  • When the skins and stems begin to form a cap on top of the vats, they are punched down by hand.

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Historical Examples of vats

British Dictionary definitions for vats



a large container for holding or storing liquids
chem a preparation of reduced vat dye

verb vats, vatting or vatted

(tr) to place, store, or treat in a vat

Word Origin for vat

Old English fæt; related to Old Frisian fet, Old Saxon, Old Norse fat, Old High German faz


abbreviation for (in Britain)

value-added tax: a tax levied on the difference between the cost of materials and the selling price of a commodity or service
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Word Origin and History for vats



early 13c., southern variant (see V) of Old English fæt "container, vat," from Proto-Germanic *fatan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse fat, Old Frisian fet, Middle Dutch, Dutch vat, Old High German faz, German faß).

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