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

Definition of vaporetto

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

Examples of vaporetto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anyone who has been on a lumbering Venice vaporetto will have noticed these kids zooming across the water in foamy, curving circuits, going nowhere fast and then some, for the sheer, heart-quickening joy of it. Guy Lodge, Variety, 10 Apr. 2022 Some choose to take a vaporetto (or water taxi) to the lagoon island of Mazzorbo, a restful break from the buzz of Venice proper. Tom Marchant, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Oct. 2021 While in Venice, Bey and Jay lived the glamorous life, snapping photos while riding in a vaporetto boat. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 16 Oct. 2021 From there, people must take the vaporetto across the Grand Canal (free for wheelchair users) to San Samuele, where the route continues across the Ponte dei Frati, connecting the squares of Santo Stefano and Sant'Angelo. Julia Buckley, CNN, 17 Aug. 2021 Visitors queue in their hundreds for the vaporetto and onboard the idea of social distancing is laughable. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 The vaporetto is the public transit system in the city and operates on 20 different lines all through town. Travel + Leisure, 6 July 2021 Another will go on Giudecca island, just off the Palanca vaporetto stop, a residential area increasingly popular with visitors. Julia Buckley, CNN, 17 Aug. 2021 The basilica of Santa Maria della Salute and the Punta della Dogana museum are just two of the dozens of magnificent buildings lining the canal, in addition to the constant maritime energy of gondolas, water taxis and vaporetto water buses. Chris Dwyer, CNN, 15 July 2021 See More

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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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“Vaporetto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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