Origin of gondola
Related Words for gondoladinghy, canoe, sailboat, yacht, craft, barge, raft, ship, catamaran, schooner, gondola, bottom, hulk, launch, skiff, bucket, bark, ark, lifeboat, ketch
Examples from the Web for gondola
Historical Examples of gondola
There you will get into the gondola, and say to the gondolier these words: 'To the casino.'
I persuade the young countess to follow me, and we take a gondola.
After a very good supper I took a gondola to return to Muran.
She will name her own hour, and you will accompany her here in her gondola.
He had forgotten that the Campo was to be entered from two ways, by gondola and by foot.The Lure of the Mask
- 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
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.