Meaning of Vespa in English:


Pronunciation /ˈvɛspə/


  • An Italian make of motor scooter.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Stephen says his production will not be all Vespas and cappuccinos.’
    • ‘This is where I first rode my Vespa, pretending I was in a film.’


1950s Italian, literally ‘wasp’.