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[vap-uh-ret-oh; Italian vah-paw-ret-taw] /ˌvæp əˈrɛt oʊ; Italian ˌvɑ pɔˈrɛt tɔ/
noun, plural vaporettos Italian, vaporetti
[vah-paw-ret-tee] /ˌvɑ pɔˈrɛt ti/ (Show IPA)
a motorboat used as a passenger bus along a canal in Venice, Italy.
Origin of vaporetto
1945-50; < Italian, equivalent to vapor(e) steamboat + -etto -et Unabridged
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  • He steered her to the little tram, and at the landing found her a shady place on the vaporetto.

    Ragna Anna Miller Costantini
British Dictionary definitions for vaporetto


/ˌveɪpəˈrɛtəʊ; Italian vapoˈrɛtto/
noun (pl) -ti (-tɪ; Italian) (-ti), -tos
a steam-powered passenger boat, as used on the canals in Venice
Word Origin
Italian, from vapore a steamboat
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