Origin of gondola
Examples from the Web for gondola
His servitor is seated on the steps of the landing, while the gondola appeareth to be empty.
Venier went out alone, while two or three walked with Contarini to his gondola.Marietta|F. Marion Crawford
The picturesque "Gothic" boat house, now the gondola house, was built for his use.The Book of Coniston|William Gershom Collingwood
The night watchman informed me that a gondola was awaiting me at the steps, and conducted me to it.'Farewell, Nikola'|Guy Boothby
Presently they heard the wash of the water caused by the movement of a gondola beneath the window.
British Dictionary definitions for gondola
- a car or cabin suspended from an airship or balloon
- a moving cabin suspended from a cable across a valley, etc
Word Origin for gondola
Word Origin and History for gondola
1540s, from Italian (Venetian) gondola, earlier in English as goundel, from Old Italian gondula, of unknown origin; perhaps from Rhaeto-Romanic dialectal gondola "roll, rock," or perhaps a diminutive of gonda, name of a kind of boat. Meaning "cabin of an airship" is 1896, though it was used hypothetically in 1881 in a prediction piece titled "300 Years Hence":
You step into an aerial gondola ... and are at once borne upwards.