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zeppelin

[zep-uh-lin] /ˈzɛp ə lɪn/
noun
1.
(often initial capital letter) a large dirigible balloon consisting of a long, cylindrical, covered framework containing compartments or cells filled with gas, and of various structures for holding the engines, passengers, etc.
2.
any rigid airship or dirigible.
Origin
1900
1900; after Count von Zeppelin
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British Dictionary definitions for zeppelins

zeppelin

/ˈzɛpəlɪn/
noun
1.
(sometimes capital) a large cylindrical rigid airship built from 1900 to carry passengers, and used in World War I for bombing and reconnaissance
Word Origin
C20: named after Count von Zeppelin

Zeppelin

/German ˈtsɛpəliːn/
noun
1.
Count Ferdinand von (ˈfɛrdinant fɔn). 1838–1917, German aeronautical pioneer, who designed and manufactured airships (zeppelins)
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Word Origin and History for zeppelins

zeppelin

n.

1900, from German Zeppelin, short for Zeppelinschiff "Zeppelin ship," after Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917), German general who perfected its design.

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