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 On the day of the first MLS Cup, a torrential downpour led to the cancellation of several activities, including the Head of the Charles, the only time the regatta has not proceeded as scheduled., "Jose Mourinho," 27 Nov. 2019 The last regatta, in Cowes, England, was shortened to one day because of bad weather, with the Australians winning all three fleet races. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Slingsby steers Aussies to $1 million SailGP victory," 22 Sep. 2019 Nine athletes represented the club’s 150 members at the regatta, considered the premier youth rowing event in the U.S., and were among 350 crews and 1,500 athletes who competed in 18 boat class categories. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Los Gatos Rowing Club celebrates 40 years with national honors," 11 Aug. 2019 Clare Costanzo, another veteran of the Governor’s Cup, will also make her third and final appearance at the regatta. Andrew Turner,, "Youth match racing skippers sail for stardom in 53rd Governor’s Cup," 13 July 2019 George and Charlotte's first day of school follows an eventful summer, which included Trooping the Colour in June, a royal family polo match in July, and the King's Cup regatta in August. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Arrive for Their First Day of School," 5 Sep. 2019 Following an engagement in London to launch sailing regatta The King's Cup on May 7, Kate Middleton and Prince William traveled to North Wales on May 8, 2019. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Step Out in Wales," 8 May 2019 Slingsby won Friday’s second fleet race aboard his foiling F50 catamaran and finished second in the other two races on the opening day of the Marseille regatta. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Skippers Slingsby, Outteridge set for $1 million match race," 20 Sep. 2019 After the regatta’s triumphant finale, stick around for pumpkin bowling, pumpkin golf, pumpkin pie eating contests, and a giant pumpkin weigh-in so mindblowing that last year’s 2,469-pound winner was also ranked the world’s second largest pumpkin. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "These are the 7 best fall festivals in the United States," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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“Regatta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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