- 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.
Origin of regatta
Examples from the Web for regatta
It is a fine night for a regatta, and I will stand you a pound on Mr. Handlead's heels.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
And yet you got two hundred and thirty for a regatta in June last!One Of Them
Charles James Lever
I asked him why he never entered the Halcyone for the Galway regatta.My New Curate
The Shepards were a family we first met at a regatta in Portland Harbor.Up the River
It is a regatta, a free-for-all, devil-take-the-hindmost affair.East of Suez
Frederic Courtland Penfield
- an organized series of races of yachts, rowing boats, etc
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.