[mont-gol-fee-er; French mawn-gawl-fyey]
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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obsolete a hot-air balloon
Word Origin for montgolfier
C18: see Montgolfier
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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