from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A boat race or a series of boat races.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A series of boat races, although sometimes used for a single race.
- n. A striped cotton fabric.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Originally, a gondola race in Venice; now, a rowing or sailing race, or a series of such races.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, a gondola-race in Venice; now, any regularly appointed boat-race in which two or more row-boats, yachts, or other boats contend for prizes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a meeting for boat races
Italian dialectal, a contention, regatta, from regattare, to contend, perhaps from recatare, to sell again, compete, from Vulgar Latin *recaptāre, to contend : Latin re-, re- + Latin captāre, to seek to catch, frequentative of capere, to seize; see catch.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian (Venetian dialect) regatta ("contention for mastery"), from regattare ("compete, haggle, sell at retail"), possibly from recatare (Wiktionary)