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  1. the state barge of Venice from which the doge and other officials dropped a ring into the sea on Ascension Day to symbolize the ceremonial marriage of the state with the Adriatic
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Word Origin

C17: from Italian bucentoro, of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for bucentaur

Historical Examples

  • We steered so as to pass between the ‘Bucentaur’ and the ‘Santissima Trinidade.’

    The Grateful Indian

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • I would rather have seen the Bucentaur than all their 280 other plunder.

    Pencillings by the Way

    N. Parker Willis

  • The joints of the Bucentaur are racked by time and many voyages to the Lido.

    The Bravo

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • The ceremony was performed from the deck of the Bucentaur, or state-galley, with every possible accompaniment of pomp and parade.

  • They build a new Bucentaur every hundred Years, and the old ones are laid up till they rot.