(usual for sense 1)
ˈgän-də-lə How to pronounce gondola (audio) gän-ˈdō- How to pronounce gondola (audio)
: a long narrow flat-bottomed boat with a high prow and stern used on the canals of Venice
: an elongated car attached to the underside of an airship
: an often spherical airtight enclosure suspended from a balloon for carrying passengers or instruments
: an enclosed car suspended from a cable and used for transporting passengers
especially : one used as a ski lift
: a heavy flat-bottomed boat used on New England rivers and on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers
: a railroad car with no top, a flat bottom, and fixed sides that is used chiefly for hauling heavy bulk commodities

Illustration of gondola

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Examples of gondola in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In warmer months, come for the 1,000 miles of hiking trails, take gondolas up to the mountain summits for spectacular views, or hop in a canoe for a scenic excursion through the lakes. Shelby Wax, Vogue, 26 Mar. 2024 The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board voted 11-0 to approve the environmental analysis for a gondola to Dodger Stadium. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 The couple arrived for the 1955 wedding in Venice aboard a gondola with Ms. von Fürstenberg’s veil flowing back to the feet of the gondolier. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2024 Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, which was built over a series of mountaintop caves, is reached via a slow-moving gondola. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 3 Feb. 2024 Others fear the view from L.A. Historic Park would be forever ruined by towers and swaying gondolas. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2024 The Sky Bistro at Sulphur Mountain Gondola is absolutely gorgeous and offers 360-degree views from the gondola tower. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 5 Feb. 2024 Upon arrival at the summit, visitors are met by multisensory art installations that bring the gondola building to life. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 25 Jan. 2024 At the insistence of L.A. Mayor Karen Bass and her allies, the Metro board’s approval of the gondola was contingent on any future Dodger Stadium parking lot development including affordable housing. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Italian dialect (Venetian), probably from Middle Greek kontoura small vessel

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gondola was in 1549

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Cite this Entry

“Gondola.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gondola. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


gon·​do·​la ˈgän-də-lə ( How to pronounce gondola (audio)
usual for sense 1
How to pronounce gondola (audio)
: a long narrow boat with a high prow and stern used on the canals of Venice
: a railroad car with low sides and no top used for hauling loose freight
: an enclosure that hangs from something: as
: the part of a balloon in which passengers or instruments are carried
: a car that hangs from a cable and is used especially as a lift for skiers

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