gon·​do·​la | \ ˈgän-də-lə (usual for sense 1) How to pronounce gondola (audio) , gän-ˈdō- How to pronounce gondola (audio) \

Definition of gondola

1 : a long narrow flat-bottomed boat with a high prow and stern used on the canals of Venice
2a : 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
3 : a heavy flat-bottomed boat used on New England rivers and on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers
4 : a railroad car with no top, a flat bottom, and fixed sides that is used chiefly for hauling heavy bulk commodities

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Examples of gondola in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Couples experience a beautiful mountain while guests get to ride the gondola to see resplendent views and can also spend time together eating and shopping in the Village, playing golf or spending the day mountain biking before the wedding. Roger Sands, Forbes, 19 July 2022 How would the gondola affect the value of the land and surrounding areas? Jacob Scholl, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 July 2022 Two more chairlifts and the gondola are expected to open to bikers on July 1. Christopher Reynoldsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2022 Mammoth’s gondola system isn’t just for skiers and snowboarders. Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 This section of the race runs under and alongside a 12-car gondola system swaying above stadium grounds, and through the area reserved for the Miami Open tennis tournament every March. USA Today, 6 May 2022 The first idea is a gondola system that would be based near the La Caille restaurant on Wasatch Boulevard. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 July 2021 The residence is centrally located, making the city’s most iconic sights just a short gondola ride away. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 8 June 2022 And as new ways to move emerge, that person will likely make decisions about air taxis, delivery robots and even a gondola to Dodger Stadium. Rachel Urangastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gondola

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gondola

Italian dialect (Venetian), probably from Middle Greek kontoura small vessel

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“Gondola.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gondola. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of gondola

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

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