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gondola

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

Simple Definition of gondola

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gondola

  1. 1 :  a long narrow flat-bottomed boat with a high prow and stern used on the canals of Venice

  2. 2 :  a heavy flat-bottomed boat used on New England rivers and on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers

  3. 3 :  a railroad car with no top, a flat bottom, and fixed sides that is used chiefly for hauling heavy bulk commodities

  4. 4 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

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GONDOLA Defined for Kids

gondola

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

Definition of gondola for Students

  1. 1 :  a long narrow boat used in the canals of Venice, Italy

  2. 2 :  a railroad freight car with no top

  3. 3 :  an enclosure that hangs from a balloon or cable and carries passengers or instruments




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