- VAT is defined as an abbreviation for value-added tax.
An example of VAT is a tourist in Thailand paying an additional charge for clothing purchased at a department store.
- The definition of a vat is a large basin that holds liquids.
An example of a vat is the container a wine maker would use to hold grapes during the fermentation process.
Stainless steel vats of wine.
- a large container for holding liquids, as those to be used in a manufacturing process or those to be stored for fermenting or ripening
- a liquid containing a vat dye
Origin of vatMiddle English Southern dialect, dialectal variant, variety of fat ; from Old English fæt, cask, vessel, akin to German fass, container ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pēd-, an unverified form pōd-, to seize, hold from source Latvian puôds, a pot
transitive verbvat·ted, vat·ting, vats
Origin of vatMiddle English, variant of fat, from Old English fæt.
- A large tub, such as is used for making wine or for tanning.
- A square, hollow place on the back of a calcining furnace, where tin ore is laid to dry.
- (Roman Catholic) A vessel for holding holy water.
- (dated) A liquid measure and dry measure; especially, a liquid measure in Belgium and Holland, corresponding to the hectolitre of the metric system, which contains 22.01 imperial gallons, or 26.4 standard gallons in the United States. (The old Dutch grain vat averaged 0.762 Winchester bushel. The old London coal vat contained 9 bushels. The solid-measurement vat of Amsterdam contains 40 cubic feet; the wine vat, 241.57 imperial gallons, and the vat for olive oil, 225.45 imperial gallons.)
(third-person singular simple present vats, present participle vatting, simple past and past participle vatted)
- To blend (wines or spirits) in a vat.
From Middle English vat, a variant of fat (“vat, vessel, cask”), from Old English fæt (“vat, vessel, jar, cup; casket; division ”), from Proto-Germanic *fatą (“vessel”), from Proto-Indo-European *pod- (“vessel”). Cognate with Scots fat, vat, vautt (“vat, cask, tub”), West Frisian fet, Dutch vat (“barrel, cask, vessel, vat”), German Fass (“barrel, keg, drum, cask, vat”), Danish fad (“saucer, dish”), Swedish fat (“dish, barrel, cask, vat”), Icelandic fat (“dish, saucer”). See fat.
vat - Investment & Finance Definition
See value-added tax.