noun \ˈze-p(ə-)lən\

: a large aircraft without wings that floats because it is filled with gas and that has a rigid frame inside its body to help it keep its shape

Full Definition of ZEPPELIN

:  a rigid airship consisting of a cylindrical trussed and covered frame supported by internal gas cells; broadly :  airship

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Origin of ZEPPELIN

Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin
First Known Use: 1900


biographical name \ˌtse-pə-ˈlēn, ˈze-p(ə-)lən\

Definition of ZEPPELIN

Ferdinand (Adolf August Heinrich) 1838–1917 Graf von Zeppelin Ger. gen. & aeronaut


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Rigid airship of a type designed by the German builder Ferdinand, Graf (count) von Zeppelin (1838–1917). It was a cigar-shaped, trussed, and covered frame supported by internal gas cells, below which hung two external cars with an engine geared to two propellers. The first zeppelin flew in 1900. In World War I zeppelins were used as bombers by Germany. In 1928 the Graf Zeppelin inaugurated transatlantic flight service; it had completed 590 flights by 1937, when the Hindenburg disaster halted such flights.


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