Definition of vaporetto in English:


nounPlural vaporetti, Plural vaporettos

  • (in Venice) a canal boat (originally a steamboat, now a motorboat) used for public transport.

    • ‘As our river bus weaves in and out among the swarm of vaporetti, traghetti, gondolas and private craft, Venice begins to reveal itself.’
    • ‘In the lower gallery there are videos of footage taken from a ferry in Sydney Harbour and a vaporetto in Venice.’
    • ‘Today's monks are deeply proud of the poet's patronage: take a vaporetto from St Mark's Square to San Lazzaro and they will show you the room where he studied.’
    • ‘The vaporetto chugs across to Murano, home of the factories that make the ubiquitous glass, and on to Burano.’
    • ‘There is too much to see, and the vaporettos are so heavily laden, they look as if they may sink at any moment.’


Italian, diminutive of vapore ‘steam’, from Latin vapor.