Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A boat race or a series of boat races.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A series of boat races, although sometimes used for a single race.
  • n. A striped cotton fabric.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Originally, a gondola race in Venice; now, a rowing or sailing race, or a series of such races.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally, a gondola-race in Venice; now, any regularly appointed boat-race in which two or more row-boats, yachts, or other boats contend for prizes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a meeting for boat races

Etymologies

Italian dialectal, a contention, regatta, from regattare, to contend, perhaps from recatare, to sell again, compete, from Vulgar Latin *recaptāre, to contend : Latin re-, re- + Latin captāre, to seek to catch, frequentative of capere, to seize; see catch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian (Venetian dialect) regatta ("contention for mastery"), from regattare ("compete, haggle, sell at retail"), possibly from recatare (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • After six regattas, a boat's worst European regatta* and its remaining worst regatta are excluded.?

    Sail-World.com USA Latest News

  • The games are more fun to watch than a swimming meet, and for spectators, a rowing regatta is more an occasion for a picnic than an exciting sports contest.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Against the NCAA Cartel

  • You could start with the word regatta, such a richie-rich-sounding word for rowers racing in long, skinny shells.

    The Seattle Times

  • Britain's six medals were second at the regatta, which is the second of seven stops of the International Sailing Federation's 2009-2010 World Cup.

    U.S. sailors take 10 medals at Rolex Miami OCR

  • "This is the one area along the downtown San Francisco waterfront where you have a public park on the water, expressly designed with sweeping views of the open bay and the Bay Bridge," Travis said, adding that the space will be even more important in 2013 as "a little bit of respite" during the regatta, which is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of onlookers to the city shoreline on race days.

    SFGate: Don Asmussen: Bad Reporter

  • The regatta was the third and last stop on the Southern California Ullman Sails Inshore

    Sail-World.com USA Latest News

  • The regatta is the eighth race of the West Florida PHRF 12-race Boat of the Year series, which begins annually in October and ends in May.

    naplesnews.com Stories

  • Singapore's 30-strong sailing contingent are contesting 11 out of 14 classes at the Asian regatta, which is also serving as a preparatory meet ahead of the 2010 Asian Games, to be held in Guangzhou from Nov 12 to 27.

    TODAYonline

  • The regatta is a series of parties where we race from on destination (party) to the next.

    WN.com - Photown News

  • The regatta is the third of seven events in the 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup series.

    Stuff.co.nz - Stuff

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