1. 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)


  1. 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

Historical Examples of wats

  • Several of the larger "wats" in the capital are deserving of further notice.

  • In all parts of the city you may find the "wats" or temples.


    George B. Bacon

  • There is only one pleasant part of the town, and that is, where the Wats are built.

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    Favell Lee Mortimer

  • The people think they get great merit by making Wats, and therefore they take so much trouble: for the Siamese are very idle.

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    Favell Lee Mortimer

  • Growing with this is often found another species—E. ursinum, Wats.

British Dictionary definitions for wats


  1. a Thai Buddhist monastery or temple

Word Origin for wat

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."

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