1. a long, narrow boat for a few passengers used on the canals of Venice, having a high, pointed prow and stern and propelled by a single long oar at the stern
2. Us a flat-bottomed river barge
4. Us a cabin suspended under an airship or balloon, for holding the motors, instruments, passengers, etc.
5. Us a car suspended from and moved along a cable, for holding passengers
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Word origin of 'gondola'It (Venetian) < Rhaeto-Romanic (dial.) gondolá, to rock