An example of a vat is the container a wine maker would use to hold grapes during the fermentation process.
An example of VAT is a tourist in Thailand paying an additional charge for clothing purchased at a department store.
Origin of vat
- Middle English variant of fat from Old English fæt
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English vat, a variant of fat (“vat, vessel, cask"), from Old English fÃ¦t (“vat, vessel, jar, cup; casket; division "), from Proto-Germanic *fatÄ… (“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.