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
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 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

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Daredevils who Skyride Surf can zoom 5,300 feet up the side of a mountain while on the roof — not inside — of the resort’s gondola. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Things to do in Vancouver: Capilano Suspension Bridge and other ways to scare yourself silly," 7 July 2019 Monday also marked the debut of the gondola that offers a free 40-second ride from Mission Street to the park. John King, SFChronicle.com, "SF’s Transbay transit center rooftop park reopens to public — quietly," 1 July 2019 Stroll over ancient stone bridges to the sixth-century Hanshan Temple, take a gondola through the Mudu gardens, or cross Tongli’s 49 symbolic bridges. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "Venice is flooded with tourists—visit these floating cities instead," 16 May 2019 Later, ride the gondola up Mount Alyeska for a look at hanging glaciers clinging to high mountain cliffs. National Geographic, "Alaska Family Journey: Wilderness Explorer," 17 June 2019 The gondola was proposed by the private company Cargo Ventures as a link between its development site deep in the neighborhood to South Station. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "The Seaport gondola idea isn’t dead yet," 16 June 2018 Out of a gondola steps a willowy beauty wearing a tomato-red lace gown with bold pink appliqué carnations, her raven hair pulled back in a low chignon. Kate Betts, Town & Country, "Meet the Modern It Girl," 8 Aug. 2016 For a dash of pre-festival bustle, stop off for a cocktail on the terrace of the Gritti Palace, sit on the water and watch the world go by in a flurry of gondolas and polished wooden boats. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Navigating Venice During the Film Festival," 28 Aug. 2018 My favorite project was managing the Crystal Mountain High Campbell Basin Lodge and designing the lower and upper gondola terminals, including the RDL Test Center at its 7,000-foot summit, with incredible views of Mount Rainier. Michelle Archer, The Seattle Times, "He delivers big Seattle-area development projects from start to finish," 12 Apr. 2019

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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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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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