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[gon-dl-eer] /ˌgɒn dlˈɪər/
a person who rows or poles a gondola.
Origin of gondolier
1595-1605; < Italian gondoliere. See gondola, -ier2 Unabridged
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  • A gondolier with a grudge can be a most dismal companion, for he talks to himself.

  • The gondolier has no place where he can do this for himself.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • It was the gondolier giving warning before he turned the corner.

    Woman Triumphant Vicente Blasco Ibaez
  • For now he suddenly realized that the gondolier in his dream had been Lorenzi.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • Presently the gondolier made an indescribable movement with his oar, the first signal that he was about to stop.

    'Farewell, Nikola' Guy Boothby
  • There you will get into the gondola, and say to the gondolier these words: 'To the casino.'

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The familiar voice of the gondolier, striking across his meditations, had a singular effect upon the Colonel.

    A Venetian June Anna Fuller
  • The gondolier will give you any title you desire, if you are willing enough to pay for it.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • Every gondolier has been questioned and cross questioned as to his doings on that day.

  • The stern of the boat is decked over and the gondolier stands there.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for gondolier


a man who propels a gondola
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gondolier

c.1600, from French gondolier and directly from Italian gondoliere, from gondola (see gondola).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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