- a long, narrow, flat-bottomed boat having a tall, ornamental stem and stern and sometimes a small cabin for passengers, rowed or poled by a single person who stands at the stern, facing forward: used especially on the canals of Venice, Italy.
- a passenger compartment suspended beneath a balloon or airship.Compare car1(def 4).
- an enclosed cabin suspended from an overhead cable, used to transport passengers up and down a ski slope or over scenic or treacherous terrain.
- Also called gondola car. an open railroad freight car with low sides, for transporting bulk freight and manufactured goods.
- a truck whose bed or trailer is a hopper, as for transporting mixed cement.
- a freestanding structure for displaying merchandise in a retail establishment, as a supermarket.
- a chair or couch having a gondola back.
Origin of gondola
Examples from the Web for 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.
She will name her own hour, and you will accompany her here in her gondola.
After a very good supper I took a gondola to return to Muran.
He had forgotten that the Campo was to be entered from two ways, by gondola and by foot.The Lure of the Mask
- a long narrow flat-bottomed boat with a high ornamented stem and a platform at the stern where an oarsman stands and propels the boat by sculling or punting: traditionally used on the canals of Venice
- a car or cabin suspended from an airship or balloon
- a moving cabin suspended from a cable across a valley, etc
- a flat-bottomed barge used on canals and rivers of the US as far west as the Mississippi
- US and Canadian a low open flat-bottomed railway goods wagon
- a set of island shelves in a self-service shop: used for displaying goods
- Canadian a broadcasting booth built close to the roof over an ice-hockey arena, used by commentators
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.