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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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 The start of the race was delayed an hour by high winds at the top of the gondola. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Lindsey Vonn misses a medal in Super-G, her first 2018 Winter Games event," 17 Feb. 2018 The stars, or characters, rather, were filmed exploring Venice, from drifting listlessly in gondolas to hanging out in an Italian square. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Paris Jackson Stars in Golden Goose​'s Dreamy Video of Venice," 7 Sep. 2018 As news outlet the Local points out, the rise in travelers leads to an increase of water-top infrastructure like ferries, gondolas and water taxis. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Dead After Weekend Boating Accidents on Venice Canal," 6 Aug. 2018 Last December, media mogul Barry Diller, his wife, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, and her son Alexander, floated a $25-$30million gondola project that would transport tourists from LA Zoo to the sign. Chris Irvine, Fox News, "Warner Bros. proposes solution to Hollywood sign tourist traffic with $100 million aerial tramway," 10 July 2018 An impromptu transportation strike has shut down the vaporettos, so today the Grand Canal is the province of snappy motorboats and lacquered black gondolas. Jean Bond Rafferty, Town & Country, "Dispatches from the Renaissance," 17 Dec. 2012 Dozens of NUMTOTs, as the members call themselves, spammed Twitter with strings of the lone gondola to try to bring it up from its spot in last place. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why Twitter should ignore the phony outrage over “shadow banning”," 27 July 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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