gondola

noun
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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Vail is pouring money into Whistler Blackcomb to boost capacity, announcing a C$66 million investment—the largest single-year amount in the resort’s history—to fund a new gondola and upgrade lifts. Bloomberg.com, "Is Vail Resorts Killing Whistler’s Spirit?," 9 Apr. 2018 Scott made them in the shapes of slot machines and washing machines, while Lagerfeld turned a ski gondola into the must-have cross-body from his swan song at Chanel. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The 8 Best Accessory Trends of Fall 2019," 14 Mar. 2019 Estimates for building the gondola system range anywhere from $50 million to $100 million. San Francisco Chronicle, "Aerial tram floated as transportation to an Oakland A’s Howard Terminal ballpark," 11 Apr. 2018 While most of the beginner terrain is located at the base of the mountain (as is the case with many ski resorts), after gaining some confidence, newbie skiers can take a gondola up to the Why Not trail. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "8 Great Places to Learn How to Ski If You've Never Been," 16 Feb. 2019 Sure, there’s a Starbucks in slopeside Mountain Village (technically its own town, connected to Telluride by a free gondola), but it’s tucked away well off the beach at the base of the lifts. Alex Bhattacharji, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Telluride Keeps Being Named the Best U.S. Ski Town," 5 Dec. 2018 So sure, a gondola really could make sense and might get built. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "A Dodger Stadium Gondola Is Just LA's Latest Wild Bid to Bust Traffic," 28 Apr. 2018 Immediately after, the city's then-mayor Giorgio Orsoni limited the number of ferries and ordered that gondolas install rear-view mirrors and GPS systems. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Dead After Weekend Boating Accidents on Venice Canal," 6 Aug. 2018 Arriving in the town of Banff in the late afternoon or early evening, take a gondola up Sulphur Mountain or embark on a 2.7-mile roundtrip hike atop Tunnel Mountain for the sunset before strolling downtown to pick up last-minute souvenirs. Sunset, "Banff & Jasper N.P. Itineraries," 22 Jan. 2018

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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

noun

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

gondola

noun
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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