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zeppelin

[ zep-uh-lin ]
/ ˈzɛp ə lɪn /
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noun
(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.
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Origin of zeppelin

First recorded in 1900; after Count von Zeppelin

Other definitions for zeppelin (2 of 2)

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

noun
Count Fer·di·nand von [fer-di-nahnt fuhn], /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)

zeppelin
/ (ˈzɛpəlɪn) /

noun
(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)

Zeppelin
/ (German ˈtsɛpəliːn) /

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