Definition of Vespa in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvɛspə/


An Italian make of motor scooter.
Example sentences
  • I could never be as Italian as those teenagers on their Vespas whom I saw each summer, whose identity was so ingrained they didn't even know it was there.
  • They add that nothing beats the Vespa's rounded curves, chrome and Italian designed flair.
  • Bright and spacious, the walls are filled with coffee paraphernalia and cult comic books, shiny model Vespas and even shinier real ones.


1950s: Italian, literally 'wasp'.

  • wasp from Old English:

    Our distant linguistic ancestors had a word wasp which can be traced back to an ancient root that also produced the Latin word for ‘wasp’, vespa. The ultimate origin may be a word that meant ‘to weave’, the connection being the way that wasps chew up wood into a papery substance that they use to construct their nests. The Latin word vespa was carried forward into Italian and used as the name for the Vespa, the little motor scooter beloved by Italians, named for its hyperactive buzzing.

Words that rhyme with Vespa


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