[ zep-uh-lin ]
/ ˈzɛp ə lɪn /


(often initial capital letter) a large dirigible balloon consisting of a long, cylindrical, covered framework containing compartments or cells filled with gas, and of various structures for holding the engines, passengers, etc.
any rigid airship or dirigible.

Origin of zeppelin

First recorded in 1900; after Count von Zeppelin

Definition for zeppelin (2 of 2)

[ tsep-uh-leen, tsep-uh-leen; English zep-uh-lin ]
/ ˌtsɛp əˈlin, ˈtsɛp əˌlin; English ˈzɛp ə lɪn /


Count Fer·di·nand von [fer-di-nahnt fuh n] /ˈfɛr dɪˌnɑnt fən/, 1838–1917, German general and aeronaut: designer and manufacturer of the zeppelin.
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British Dictionary definitions for zeppelin (1 of 2)

/ (ˈzɛpəlɪn) /


(sometimes capital) a large cylindrical rigid airship built from 1900 to carry passengers, and used in World War I for bombing and reconnaissance

Word Origin for zeppelin

C20: named after Count von Zeppelin

British Dictionary definitions for zeppelin (2 of 2)

/ (German ˈtsɛpəliːn) /


Count Ferdinand von (ˈfɛrdinant fɔn). 1838–1917, German aeronautical pioneer, who designed and manufactured airships (zeppelins)
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