Etymology
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gondola (n.)

1540s, "long, narrow flat-bottomed boat used in Venice," from Italian (Venetian) gondola, earlier in English as goundel, from Old Italian gondula, of unknown origin; according to Barnhart, perhaps a diminutive of gonda, a name of a kind of boat. Used of flat, open railway cars by 1871. Meaning "cabin of an airship" is from 1896, though it was used hypothetically in 1881 in a futurism piece titled "300 Years Hence." Of ski-lifts from 1957.

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Definitions of gondola

gondola (n.)
a low flat-bottomed freight car with fixed sides but no roof;
Synonyms: gondola car
gondola (n.)
long narrow flat-bottomed boat propelled by sculling; traditionally used on canals of Venice;
gondola (n.)
the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant;
Synonyms: car
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