noun gon·do·la \ˈgän-də-lə (usual for sense 1), gän-ˈdō-\

: a long narrow boat used on the canals of Venice

: the part of a balloon or airship in which passengers or instruments are carried

: a vehicle that hangs from a cable and is used for carrying passengers (such as skiers) especially up a mountain

Full Definition of GONDOLA

:  a long narrow flat-bottomed boat with a high prow and stern used on the canals of Venice
:  a heavy flat-bottomed boat used on New England rivers and on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers
:  a railroad car with no top, a flat bottom, and fixed sides that is used chiefly for hauling heavy bulk commodities
a :  an elongated car attached to the underside of an airship
b :  an often spherical airtight enclosure suspended from a balloon for carrying passengers or instruments
c :  an enclosed car suspended from a cable and used for transporting passengers; especially :  one used as a ski lift

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Origin of GONDOLA

Italian dialect (Venetian), probably from Middle Greek kontoura small vessel
First Known Use: 1549

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay
GONDOLA Defined for Kids


noun gon·do·la \ˈgän-də-lə, 2 and 3 also gän-ˈdō-lə\

Definition of GONDOLA for Kids

:  a long narrow boat used in the canals of Venice, Italy
:  a railroad freight car with no top
:  an enclosure that hangs from a balloon or cable and carries passengers or instruments


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