va·​tu ˈvä-ˌtü How to pronounce vatu (audio)
plural vatu
the basic monetary unit of Vanuatu see Money Table

Word History


probably borrowed from vatu "stone" in Raga or another language of Pentecost Island in Vanuatu (going back to Proto-Oceanic *patu "stone")

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vatu was in 1981

Dictionary Entries Near vatu

Cite this Entry

“Vatu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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