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 Visitors can also enjoy a gondola ride on the lake. Mary Jacobs, Dallas News, 25 May 2021 Someone’s asking the production assistant if Shaun White is on the gondola now, but the production assistant has no idea. Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 Stokoe’s own rig, Knight Rider, was ready to go, its gondola now barely dragging the ground whenever a breeze pushed at the envelope, a stout tether keeping it secured to the van. al, 7 May 2021 Spend a leisurely afternoon tasting while taking a gondola ride down the Napa River or watching horses graze under the shadow of Mt. St. Helena. Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 Barnes crashed into rocky terrain on Tule Mountain near Jacumba during his solo third flight April 26 and completely destroyed the aluminum gondola. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 If anything, DeMaria was vocal more about a potential aerial gondola running between City Hall to Encore and then to Assembly Station in Somerville on the Orange Line. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Apr. 2021 Hop onto a gondola to tour around the canals and shops or hit the cobblestone pavement to get a closer look at the luxury stores. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2021 There are four bunny ski runs for beginners and one slope running for miles, reached only by a gondola. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of gondola was in 1549

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7 Jun 2021

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“Gondola.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gondola. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


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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