Definition of gondola
1 : a long narrow flat-bottomed boat with a high prow and stern used on the canals of Venice
2 : a heavy flat-bottomed boat used on New England rivers and on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers
3 : a railroad car with no top, a flat bottom, and fixed sides that is used chiefly for hauling heavy bulk commodities
4a : an elongated car attached to the underside of an airshipb : an often spherical airtight enclosure suspended from a balloon for carrying passengers or instrumentsc : an enclosed car suspended from a cable and used for transporting passengers; especially : one used as a ski lift
Recent Examples of gondola from the Web
The Tahoe region features two gondola lifts, also called cable cars or aerial trams, which allow passengers access to higher portions of mountain without dedicating several hours for a steep hike.
Visitors can glide from one end to the other aboard gondolas — yes, with singing gondoliers.
The gondola of the Double Eagle II sits today in the collection of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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Origin and Etymology of gondola
Italian dialect (Venetian), probably from Middle Greek kontoura small vessel
First Known Use: 1549See Words from the same year
GONDOLA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gondola for English Language Learners
: 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
GONDOLA Defined for Kids
Definition of gondola for Students
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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