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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Recent Examples on the Web Irving has couples covered with a variety of options, from Venetian-style gondola rides to poolside cocktails. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Gondola rides, ax throwing, international cuisine: Irving has wide range of date-night ideas for couples," 11 June 2020 Attached to the balloon was a gondola the size of a semi-truck cab that was designed to turn the entire frozen continent into the world’s largest radio dish. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "The Hunt Is On for Elusive Ghost Particles in Antarctica," 12 June 2020 For some Italian-style romance, couples can cruise down Lake Carolyn in a gondola. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Gondola rides, ax throwing, international cuisine: Irving has wide range of date-night ideas for couples," 11 June 2020 No one was seriously injured, but numerous visitors were trapped in gondola cars, above ground, for hours. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Disney’s Riviera Resort is swanky and has convenient Skyliner connection to Epcot, Hollywood Studios," 26 Jan. 2020 Children 12 and under can ride SkyStar Wheel free-of-charge for the remainder of 2019, with one adult paid admission per gondola. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "SkyStar Wheel: Kids ride free for the rest of 2019," 25 Nov. 2019 Photos on social media showed taxi boats and gondolas grounded on walkways flanking canals. chicagotribune.com, "Floodwaters overwhelm Venice, city famous for canals, causing ‘hundreds of millions’ in damages and seriously damaging St. Mark’s Basilica," 14 Nov. 2019 What better way to explore them than a gondola ride? 1:15 p.m. Hang a right at Bay Shore Avenue, which runs along Alamitos Bay, and then curve left onto Ocean Boulevard. Los Angeles Times, "Four Hours in Belmont Shore: A dog- and kid-friendly tour," 27 Sep. 2019 The centerpiece of the neighborhood is the 5.4-acre Salesforce Park, an elevated green space built atop a bus terminal and reachable by elevator or gondola from below. Candace Jackson, New York Times, "East Cut, San Francisco: A Newly Rebranded Neighborhood Takes a Bow," 31 Mar. 2020

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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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30 Jun 2020

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“Gondola.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gondola. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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