A balloon is a colorful bit of rubber that can be blown up or filled with helium. Many children's parties are decorated with balloons.

While most balloons are round, they come in many sizes and shapes. Balloon artists twist long, thin balloons together to form animals, hats, and other items, and Mylar balloons are made from a kind of thin, metallic paper. Much larger balloons include hot air balloons and weather balloons. In the 1500s, balloon was a game played with a leather ball, from the Italian pallone, "large ball."

Definitions of balloon

n small thin inflatable rubber bag with narrow neck

Type of:
plaything, toy
an artifact designed to be played with

n large tough nonrigid bag filled with gas or heated air

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hot-air balloon
balloon for travel through the air in a basket suspended below a large bag of heated air
meteorological balloon
a small unmanned balloon set aloft to observe atmospheric conditions
trial balloon
a balloon sent up to test air currents
pilot balloon
meteorological balloon used to observe air currents
Type of:
lighter-than-air craft
aircraft supported by its own buoyancy

v become inflated

“The sails ballooned
billow, inflate
become inflated again
Type of:
become larger in size or volume or quantity

v ride in a hot-air balloon

“He tried to balloon around the earth but storms forced him to land in China”
Type of:
aviate, fly, pilot
operate an airplane

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