regatta

regatta

[ri-gat-uh, -gah-tuh]
noun
1.
a boat race, as of rowboats, yachts, or other vessels.
2.
an organized series of such races.
3.
(originally) a gondola race in Venice.
4.
a strong, striped cotton fabric that is of twill weave.

Origin:
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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regatta (rɪˈɡætə)
 
n
an organized series of races of yachts, rowing boats, etc
 
[C17: from obsolete Italian (Venetian dialect) rigatta contest, of obscure origin]

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regatta
1652, name of a boat race among gondoliers held on the Grand Canal in Venice, from It. (Venetian dialect) regatta, lit. "contention for mastery," from regattare "to compete, haggle, sell at retail," possibly from recatare. 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.
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