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montgolfier

[mont-gol-fee-er; French mawn-gawl-fyey]
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noun, plural mont·gol·fi·ers [mont-gol-fee-erz; French mawn-gawl-fyey] /mɒntˈgɒl fi ərz; French mɔ̃ gɔlˈfyeɪ/.
  1. a balloon raised by air heated from a fire in the lower part.
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Origin of montgolfier

First recorded in 1775–85; named after Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier

Montgolfier

[mont-gol-fee-er; French mawn-gawl-fyey]
noun
  1. Jacques É·tienne [zhahk ey-tyen] /ʒɑk eɪˈtyɛn/, 1745–99, and his brother Jo·seph Mi·chel [zhaw-zef mee-shel] /ʒɔˈzɛf miˈʃɛl/, 1740–1810, French aeronauts: inventors of the first practical balloon 1783.
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Historical Examples

  • At this point we will leave the work of the brothers Montgolfier.

    The Mastery of the Air

    William J. Claxton

  • The first ascent was made by Montgolfier in 1782, and he was followed by Rosiers and d'Arlandes.

    Willis the Pilot

    Johanna Spyri

  • He suggested a number of alterations, which Montgolfier adopted at once.

  • Roziers placed the crown that had been given to him upon Montgolfier's head.

  • The brothers Montgolfier were men of that vigorous stamp who act promptly on receiving their convictions.

    Up in the Clouds

    R.M. Ballantyne


British Dictionary definitions for montgolfier

montgolfier

noun
  1. obsolete a hot-air balloon
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Word Origin

C18: see Montgolfier

Montgolfier

noun
  1. Jacques Étienne (ʒak etjɛn), 1745–99, and his brother Joseph Michel (ʒozɛf miʃɛl), 1740–1810, French inventors, who built (1782) and ascended in (1783) the first practical hot-air balloon
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