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gondolier

[gon-dl-eer]
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noun
  1. a person who rows or poles a gondola.
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Origin of gondolier

From the Italian word gondoliere, dating back to 1595–1605. See gondola, -ier2
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Related Words for gondolier

ferryman, boatman, oar, gondolier

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Historical Examples of gondolier

  • For now he suddenly realized that the gondolier in his dream had been Lorenzi.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • Of course the gondolier knew where Marcolina was; but why was he, too, masked?

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • "You have betrayed me," he cried to the gondolier, who was waiting for him beneath.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • There you will get into the gondola, and say to the gondolier these words: 'To the casino.'

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • The chief of them was a Venetian, daughter of a gondolier named Gardella.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt


British Dictionary definitions for gondolier

gondolier

noun
  1. a man who propels a gondola
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Word Origin and History for gondolier

n.

c.1600, from French gondolier and directly from Italian gondoliere, from gondola (see gondola).

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