- (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
- 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.
Related Words for zeppelinblimp, zeppelin, aircraft, spacecraft, plane, barge, vessel, ship, airplane, boat, helicopter, balloon, jet, airliner, chopper, dirigible, bladder, airship, shipping, bottom
Examples from the Web for zeppelin
Contemporary Examples of zeppelin
Is Led Zeppelin guilty of plagiarizing its most iconic song?
Bios of Led Zeppelin have noted this, and Page has never denied it.
In January 1915 gigantic German Zeppelin airships appeared in the night over London and dropped bombs at random.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive
August 3, 2014
Led Zeppelin made its first U.S. tour as opening act for Spirit, and even performed a cover version of a Spirit song.Did Led Zeppelin Steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’?
May 25, 2014
I wanted more of that stuff; forget about Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith.My Friend Oderus Urungus: GWAR’s Dave Brockie Was a High School Punk Legend
March 25, 2014
Historical Examples of zeppelin
The Zeppelin, for instance, costs more than $100,000 (these are official figures).
On its 36-hour flight in May, 1909, the Zeppelin, carried only eight passengers.
I'll be jiggered if the Zeppelin isn't going to have it out with them!The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields
Lieut. Howard Payson
A bomb shell dropped from a Zeppelin could have had but little more effect.Mixed Faces
Not until the end of November, 1916, was another Zeppelin attack reported.
- (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
- Count Ferdinand von (ˈfɛrdinant fɔn). 1838–1917, German aeronautical pioneer, who designed and manufactured airships (zeppelins)
1900, from German Zeppelin, short for Zeppelinschiff "Zeppelin ship," after Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917), German general who perfected its design.