re·​gat·​ta | \ ri-ˈgä-tə How to pronounce regatta (audio) , -ˈga- \

Definition of regatta

: a rowing, speedboat, or sailing race or a series of such races

Examples of regatta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nauta Design has just unveiled a showstopping custom sloop that could be a serious regatta contender. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "This Bespoke 151-Foot Sailing Yacht Brings Regatta-Ready Speed to Your Next Ocean Adventure," 31 Mar. 2021 All of the winners except Kohler still have to qualify for the Games at the May last-chance regatta in Switzerland, where the top two finishers will earn Olympic tickets. John Powers,, "2032 Summer Olympics appear to be headed for Brisbane," 26 Feb. 2021 SailGP is an international annual regatta series Ellison co-founded in 2019. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Eyes will be on the San Diego skipper in March America’s Cup," 26 Feb. 2021 Cup Chronograph, which prominently features a special regatta timer function any sailor would appreciate. Mike Espindle, Forbes, "America’s Cup Count-Down On Your Wrist? The $10,700 Omega Seamaster Timepiece," 24 Feb. 2021 The country has been hosting the America's Cup sailing regatta. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, "New Zealand city enters 3-day lockdown after virus found," 14 Feb. 2021 After a national regatta, Abramowicz fell 10 feet from a trailer while packing a sailboat, shattering her left wrist. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "The Brain Within the Brain of a Rising Tennis Queen," 7 Feb. 2021 In 1960, after a respectable performance at a regatta on Lake Chiemsee, in Germany, his plan succeeded. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "When a Virus Is the Cure," 14 Dec. 2020 First prize in the regatta contest is a 2020 Honda HR-V LX and possibly $1 million, if the winner’s duck is the Kemba Million Dollar Duck. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, "Buy a rubber duck, help the Freestore Foodbank feed the hungry," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of regatta

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for regatta

Italian regata

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4 Apr 2021

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“Regatta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of regatta

: a race or a series of races between boats (such as sailboats)


re·​gat·​ta | \ ri-ˈgä-tə How to pronounce regatta (audio) , -ˈga- \

Kids Definition of regatta

: a race or a series of races between sailboats, speedboats, or rowing boats

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