Gondola Definition

gŏndl-ə, gŏn-dōlə
gondolas
noun
gondolas
A long, narrow boat for a few passengers used on the canals of Venice, having a high, pointed prow and stern and propelled by a single long oar at the stern.
Webster's New World
A flat-bottomed river barge.
Webster's New World
A flatbottom riverboat.
American Heritage
A railroad freight car with no top and, often, with low sides.
Webster's New World
A cabin suspended under an airship or balloon, for holding the motors, instruments, passengers, etc.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
gondola carcar
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Other Word Forms of Gondola

Noun

Singular:
gondola
Plural:
gondolas

Origin of Gondola

  • From Venetian, which likely derives from Byzantine Greek κοντούρα (kontoura, “small tail”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Italian from Old Italian gondula

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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