gon·​do·​la | \ˈgän-də-lə(usual for sense 1), gän-ˈdō- \

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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In a June 5 celebration, resort officials and his fellow employees honored his newfound fame by presenting him with a plaque and an authentic gondola oar fashioned into a hockey stick. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Venetian's gondolier keeps a song in his heart--and on his lips--as he cruises and croons on the Vegas resort's canals," 20 June 2018 The accident that killed a Disney worker Monday was not connected to the construction of the gondola system at the nearby Pop Century Resort, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney worker died in backstage area, company says," 10 July 2018 The Tribune reported that Gondola Vista has gone up just months after the completion of Zalanta’s 30 condominiiums across the street from the Heavenly gondola. David Caraccio, sacbee, "New luxury homes under Heavenly Mountain Resort's gondola just went on the market," 7 June 2018 Canadian Lore The majestic twin peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb are seamlessly connected by the world’s highest gondola and have consistently been rated the continent’s No. 1 ski resort. Bloomberg.com, "Is Vail Resorts Killing Whistler’s Spirit?," 9 Apr. 2018 The leadership clashes come as Reedy Creek oversees key projects such as building roads and gondolas at Walt Disney World Resort. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney-run government Reedy Creek faces personnel issues after consultant's report," 27 Mar. 2018 Enjoy Italian pop and opera, gondola rides, parades and bocce. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summer Guide July 15-21: Festivals and free concerts," 14 July 2018 After dinner and dancing, the students rode the Centennial Wheel, a Ferris wheel which takes riders in gondolas up nearly 200 feet for views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale Central seniors get a fun, family send-off to prom," 7 May 2018 Have your camera handy to snap photos of the panoramic views while seated toasty-warm in the heated gondolas. Tiffany Thornton, USA TODAY, "Canada embraces winter with zany, cold-defying festivals," 2 Feb. 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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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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