va·​po·​ret·​to | \ ˌvä-pə-ˈre-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce vaporetto (audio) \
plural vaporetti\ ˌvä-​pə-​ˈre-​tē How to pronounce vaporetti (audio) \ also vaporettos

Definition of vaporetto

: a motorboat serving as a canal bus in Venice, Italy

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Recent Examples on the Web At least three vaporetti, Venice’s public transportation boats, sank, Italian media reported., "Venice floods after seeing highest tide in 50 years - The Boston Globe," 14 Nov. 2019 Across the world in Venice, simply board a vaporetto, one of the water buses that serve as the main form of public transport, and marvel at gothic palaces that hark back to the city’s 14th- and 15th-century grandeur. Keith Plocek, New York Times, "9 Cities Where Public Transit Offers Eye-Popping Views," 6 Aug. 2019 An impromptu transportation strike has shut down the vaporettos, so today the Grand Canal is the province of snappy motorboats and lacquered black gondolas. Jean Bond Rafferty, Town & Country, "Dispatches from the Renaissance," 17 Dec. 2012 Both are easily reached by waterbus (vaporetto), and good for a stroll and a draught of fresh air, as much for their historic sites and shopping. Patrick Rogers, Town & Country, "Exploring Venice's Exclusive Private Islands," 12 Mar. 2018 Watch the gondolas and vaporetti glide by from a window table at the Mediterranean restaurant De Pisis; Settimo Cielo serves breakfast along with its lagoon vistas. Condé Nast Traveler, "BAUERs Palazzo," 20 Oct. 2017 The fair centers on the Giardini, a few vaporetto stops from San Marco, and the Arsenale, a massive former shipworks. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "There’s still time to catch ‘the world’s fair of art,’ but you have to get to Venice by Nov. 27.," 21 Oct. 2017 Watch the gondolas and vaporetti glide by from a window table at the Mediterranean restaurant De Pisis Condé Nast Traveler, "BAUERs Palazzo," 20 Oct. 2017 Skip the expensive gondola and take a cheap vaporetto. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Weekend Trip Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink in Venice," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of vaporetto

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vaporetto

borrowed from Italian, diminutive of vapore "steamboat," short for battello a vapore, borrowed from French bateau à vapeur "steamboat"

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The first known use of vaporetto was in 1926

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“Vaporetto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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