A gondola is a narrow boat that's powered by a rower who stands at one end. If you visit Venice, you should ride along the canals in a gondola.

Gondolas look a bit like long, skinny canoes with flat bottoms. They're lightweight boats that are almost entirely used for transportation and tourism in Venice, Italy, a city that's made up of many small islands linked by canals and bridges. During the 17th and 18th centuries, historians estimate there were as many as ten thousand gondolas in regular use there — today there are about 400. Enclosed ski lifts are also known as gondolas.

Definitions of gondola

n long narrow flat-bottomed boat propelled by sculling; traditionally used on canals of Venice

Type of:
a small vessel for travel on water

n a low flat-bottomed freight car with fixed sides but no roof

gondola car
Type of:
freight car
a railway car that carries freight

n the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant

Type of:
a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area

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