[mont-gol-fee-er; French mawn-gawl-fyey]

noun, plural mont·gol·fi·ers [mont-gol-fee-erz; French mawn-gawl-fyey] /mɒntˈgɒl fi ərz; French mɔ̃ gɔlˈfyeɪ/.

a balloon raised by air heated from a fire in the lower part.

Origin of montgolfier

First recorded in 1775–85; named after Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier


[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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for montgolfier

Historical Examples of montgolfier

  • At this point we will leave the work of the brothers Montgolfier.

    The Mastery of the Air

    William J. Claxton

  • The first ascent was made by Montgolfier in 1782, and he was followed by Rosiers and d'Arlandes.

    Willis the Pilot

    Johanna Spyri

  • He suggested a number of alterations, which Montgolfier adopted at once.

  • Roziers placed the crown that had been given to him upon Montgolfier's head.

  • The brothers Montgolfier were men of that vigorous stamp who act promptly on receiving their convictions.

    Up in the Clouds

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for montgolfier



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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