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gon·do·la

 (gŏn′dl-ə, gŏn-dō′lə)
n.
1. Nautical
a. A lightweight narrow barge with ends that curve up into a point, propelled with a single oar from the stern and used on the canals of Venice.
b. A flatbottom riverboat.
2. A gondola car.
3. A basket, enclosure, or instrument sling suspended from and carried aloft by a balloon.
4. An enclosed structure suspended from a cable, used for conveying passengers, as to and from a ski slope.

[Italian, of Venetian origin, alteration (probably influenced by -ola, feminine diminutive suffix, or by Italian dialectal words akin to Italian dondolare, to rock back and forth) of Old Venetian condura, from Medieval Greek kontoura, kondoura, a kind of small boat (probably so called from a distinctive high or wide stern), from feminine of kontouros, having a docked tail : Late Greek kontos, short (probably back-formed from konto-, taken as meaning "short" in such compounds as Greek kontokunēgesion, a hunt using pikes, or kontobolein, to strike with a pole (that is, at short range, not with arrows or javelins), stem of Greek kontos, pike, pole) + Greek ourā, tail; see ors- in Indo-European roots.]
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gondola

(ˈɡɒndələ)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) a long narrow flat-bottomed boat with a high ornamented stem and a platform at the stern where an oarsman stands and propels the boat by sculling or punting: traditionally used on the canals of Venice
2. (Aeronautics)
a. a car or cabin suspended from an airship or balloon
b. a moving cabin suspended from a cable across a valley, etc
3. (Nautical Terms) a flat-bottomed barge used on canals and rivers of the US as far west as the Mississippi
4. (Railways) US and Canadian a low open flat-bottomed railway goods wagon
5. (Commerce) a set of island shelves in a self-service shop: used for displaying goods
6. (Broadcasting) Canadian a broadcasting booth built close to the roof over an ice-hockey arena, used by commentators
[C16: from Italian (Venetian dialect), from Medieval Latin gondula, perhaps ultimately from Greek kondu drinking vessel]
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gon•do•la

(ˈgɒn dl ə or, esp. for 1, gɒnˈdoʊ lə)

n., pl. -las.
1. a long, narrow, flat-bottomed boat, rowed by an oarsman at the stern: used on the canals in Venice, Italy.
2. a passenger compartment suspended beneath a balloon or airship. Compare car (def. 3).
3. an enclosed cabin suspended from an overhead cable, used to transport passengers, as up and down a ski slope.
4. Also called gon′dola car`. an open railroad freight car with low sides.
[1540–50; < Italian < Venetian]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gondola - a low flat-bottomed freight car with fixed sides but no roofgondola - a low flat-bottomed freight car with fixed sides but no roof
freight car - a railway car that carries freight
2.gondola - long narrow flat-bottomed boat propelled by sculling; traditionally used on canals of Venice
boat - a small vessel for travel on water
3.gondola - the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plantgondola - the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant
airship, dirigible - a steerable self-propelled aircraft
compartment - a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area
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Translations
زورَق من زوارق البُنْدُقِيَّهقَفَص حول العمارة يقف عليه العُمّال
gondolaklec
gondol
gondola
gondóllöryggisbúr
gondolagondolininkas
gondolapiekaru grozs
gondola
gondoliskele asansörü

gondola

[ˈgɒndələ]
A. N
1. (= boat) → góndola f
2. [of hot-air balloon] → barquilla f
B. CPD gondola car N (US) (Rail) → vagón m descubierto, batea f
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gondola

[ˈgɒndələ] n (= boat) → gondole f
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gondola

n
(in Venice, of balloon, cable car etc) → Gondel f
(US Rail: also gondola car) → offener Güterwagen
(in supermarket) → Gondel f
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gondola

[ˈgɒndələ] ngondola
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gondola

(ˈgondələ) noun
1. a long narrow boat used on the canals of Venice.
2. a kind of safety cage for people who are working on the outside of a tall building to stand in.
gondoˈlier (-ˈliə) noun
a person who rows a gondola.
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References in classic literature ?
Our hotel sits at the water's edge--at least its front garden does--and we walk among the shrubbery and smoke at twilight; we look afar off at Switzerland and the Alps, and feel an indolent willingness to look no closer; we go down the steps and swim in the lake; we take a shapely little boat and sail abroad among the reflections of the stars; lie on the thwarts and listen to the distant laughter, the singing, the soft melody of flutes and guitars that comes floating across the water from pleasuring gondolas; we close the evening with exasperating billiards on one of those same old execrable tables.
A scarred and wrinkled precipice rises to a height of eighteen hundred feet; on a tiny bench half way up its vast wall, sits a little snowflake of a church, no bigger than a martin-box, apparently; skirting the base of the cliff are a hundred orange groves and gardens, flecked with glimpses of the white dwellings that are buried in them; in front, three or four gondolas lie idle upon the water--and in the burnished mirror of the lake, mountain, chapel, houses, groves and boats are counterfeited so brightly and so clearly that one scarce knows where the reality leaves off and the reflection begins!
Sometimes she would step into one of the gondolas that were always kept in waiting, moored to painted posts at the door--when she could escape from the attendance of that oppressive maid, who was her mistress, and a very hard one--and would be taken all over the strange city.
As she liked no place of an evening half so well, she soon began to be watched for, and many eyes in passing gondolas were raised, and many people said, There was the little figure of the English girl who was always alone.
A wide stream flowed through the garden, and on it floated richly ornamented barges and gondolas filled with people dressed in the most elegant manner and covered with jewels.
He had not left the hotel ten minutes before he was fast asleep in the gondola. Waking, on reaching the landing-place, he crossed the Lido, and enjoyed a morning's swim in the Adriatic.
Towards six o'clock his gondola took him back, with another fine appetite, to meet some travelling acquaintances with whom he had engaged to dine at the table d'hote.
If they are proud you will be on the right side." And she offered to show me their house to begin with--to row me thither in her gondola. I let her know that I had already been to look at it half a dozen times; but I accepted her invitation, for it charmed me to hover about the place.
Gondola after gondola swept up to the marble steps, and left its lovely load to swell the brilliant throng that filled the stately halls of Count Adelon.
And the voice in the gondola rolled on, piping melodiously of Effort and Self-Sacrifice, full of high purpose, full of beauty, full even of sympathy and the love of men, yet somehow eluding all that was actual and insistent in Leonard's life.
I've seen men from Chicago sit in a gondola in Venice on a moonlight night and brag about their drainage canal.
I was entangled in a great cloak that they flung over me, carried down to a gondola, and hurried to the Pozzi dungeons.