regatta

[ ri-gat-uh, -gah-tuh ]
/ rɪˈgæt ə, -ˈgɑ tə /

noun

a boat race, as of rowboats, yachts, or other vessels.
an organized series of such races.
(originally) a gondola race in Venice.
a strong, striped cotton fabric that is of twill weave.

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Origin of regatta

1645–55; <Upper Italian (Venetian ) regatta, regata, perhaps ≪ Vulgar Latin *recaptāre to contend, equivalent to *re-re- + *captāre to try to seize; see catch
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British Dictionary definitions for regatta

regatta
/ (rɪˈɡætə) /

noun

an organized series of races of yachts, rowing boats, etc

Word Origin for regatta

C17: from obsolete Italian (Venetian dialect) rigatta contest, of obscure origin
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