Definition of gondola noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡɒndələ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːndələ//
    , NAmE//ɡɑːnˈdoʊlə//
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  1. 1a long boat with a flat bottom and high parts at each end, used on canals in Venice See related entries: Types of boats and ships
  2. 2the part on a cable car or ski lift where the passengers sit
  3. 3(especially North American English) the part of a hot air balloon or airship where the passengers sit
  4. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Venetian Italian, from a Romance dialect word gondolà ‘to rock, roll’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gondola