noun zep·pe·lin \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 Zep·pe·lin \ˌtse-pə-ˈlēn, ˈze-p(ə-)lən\

Definition of ZEPPELIN

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


noun zep·pe·lin \ˈze-pə-lən\

Definition of ZEPPELIN for Kids

:  an airship resembling a huge long balloon that has a metal frame and is driven through the air by engines carried on its underside


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