Examples from the Web for regatta
It was a regatta without spectators, but as full of excitement as if the shores had been fringed with a cheering crowd.Sevenoaks|J. G. Holland
He had gone through three commemoration balls at Oxford about ten days before the regatta.Boating|W. B. Woodgate
Thus when the regatta day came there was a vast concourse of people to witness the contest.Cornish Characters|S. Baring-Gould
In the year 1891 the regatta was first conducted in a business-like manner.Yachting Vol. 2|Various.
Regatta is a stout, coloured shirt cloth similar in make to a jeanette.
British Dictionary definitions for regatta
Word Origin for regatta
Word Origin and History for regatta
1650s, name of a boat race among gondoliers held on the Grand Canal in Venice, from Italian (Venetian dialect) regatta, literally "contention for mastery," from rigattare "to compete, haggle, sell at retail." [Klein's sources, however, suggest a source in Italian riga "row, rank," from a Germanic source and related to English row (v.).] The general meaning of "boat race, yacht race" is usually considered to have begun with a race on the Thames by that name June 23, 1775 (cf. OED), but there is evidence that it was used as early as 1768.