A long, narrow boat with a high prow and stern, used in the canals of Venice. A gondola is usually propelled by one or two oarsmen who stand facing the prow, or by poling. A gondola for passengers has a small open cabin amidships, for their protection against the sun or rain. A sumptuary law of Venice required that gondolas should be painted black, and they are customarily so painted now.
- Nautical A lightweight narrow barge with ends that curve up into a point and often a small cabin in the middle, propelled with a single oar from the stern and used on the canals of Venice.
- Nautical A flatbottom riverboat.
- A gondola car.
- A basket, enclosure, or instrument sling suspended from and carried aloft by a balloon.
- An enclosed structure suspended from a cable, used for conveying passengers, as to and from a ski slope.