zeppelin

noun

zep·​pe·​lin ˈze-p(ə-)lən How to pronounce zeppelin (audio)
: a rigid airship consisting of a cylindrical trussed and covered frame supported by internal gas cells
broadly : airship

Illustration of zeppelin

Illustration of zeppelin

Examples of zeppelin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The feel is at once nautical, Old World, fantastical, and stagy, like a first-class dining room on a romance-novel zeppelin, serenely crossing the Atlantic. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2024 The interior of the restaurant feels at once nautical, Old World, fantastical, and stagy, like a first-class dining room on a romance-novel zeppelin. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2024 If this inner arrangement seems botanical, the exterior suggests a zeppelin as much as a seed. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 Buy Now: 2021 zeppelin speaker $799 The 2021 Zeppelin is the most recent edition of one of the most popular Bowers & Wilkins speakers, whose first iteration was released all the way back in 2001. Anna Tingley, Variety, 4 Dec. 2023 An Airship Resurgence Pathfinder 1 could herald a new era for zeppelins A New Way to Speed Up Computing Blue microLEDs bring optical fiber to the processor. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Dec. 2022 An Airship Resurgence Pathfinder 1 could herald a new era for zeppelins A New Way to Speed Up Computing Blue microLEDs bring optical fiber to the processor. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Dec. 2022 Randy gets a toy model zeppelin for Christmas. Marc Bona, cleveland, 21 Dec. 2021 Until the space shields are incorporated into an official planet-hunting mission, though, Cash is determined to test them by any means necessary — whether they’re mounted on the crest of a rocky peak, dangling from a high-altitude balloon or even suspended from a floating zeppelin. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, 30 Mar. 2016

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Word History

Etymology

Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zeppelin was in 1908

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Cite this Entry

“Zeppelin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zeppelin. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

zeppelin

noun
zep·​pe·​lin ˈzep-(ə-)lən How to pronounce zeppelin (audio)
: a long cylindrical passenger balloon that has a metal frame and is driven through the air by engines carried on its underside

Biographical Definition

Zeppelin

biographical name

Zep·​pe·​lin ˌtse-pə-ˈlēn How to pronounce Zeppelin (audio)
ˈze-p(ə-)lən
Ferdinand (Adolf August Heinrich) 1838–1917 Graf von Zeppelin German general and aeronaut

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