re·​gat·​ta ri-ˈgä-tə How to pronounce regatta (audio)
: a rowing, speedboat, or sailing race or a series of such races

Examples of regatta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Commentary Opinion: The San Diego Crew Classic is among the best regattas. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2024 The Fort Lauderdale native earned a spot at this summer’s Paris Games by winning the trials in the ILCA 6 class, completing the week-long regatta with two savvy races in fluctuating 5- to 12-knot winds off the Miami Beach shore. Linda Robertson, Miami Herald, 25 Feb. 2024 Ford McCann of Houston dominated the men’s ILCA 7 regatta with five victories in 14 races. Linda Robertson, Miami Herald, 25 Feb. 2024 The regatta moved to Auckland, the City of Sails, to be closer to superyacht marinas and amenities for both spectators and participants, enabling them to fly directly into the city, ready to race. Kathleen Turner, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 The sport of sailing, with the exception of its pinnacle and unpredictable America’s Cup regatta, had long been dismissed as a sporting property with commercial viability. Gw Allen, Robb Report, 29 Nov. 2023 That cutthroat ethos could be why, for 173 years, the regatta has lured titans of industry, billionaire adventurers, and eager gate-crashing syndicates. George Allen, Robb Report, 16 Dec. 2023 Mayor Telmo Gonzalez of Sanxenxo—where the regatta that Juan Carlos competed in last month was held—previously suggested that the former king may return for another regatta in June. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 8 June 2022 To really see the shoreline come alive, visit in late April and early May during Antigua Sailing Week—one of the world’s biggest racing regattas. Kristin Braswell, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Dec. 2023

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Word History


Italian regata

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of regatta was in 1612

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“Regatta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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re·​gat·​ta ri-ˈgät-ə How to pronounce regatta (audio)
: a boat race or a series of boat races

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