(gŏnʹdl-ə, gŏn-dōʹlə) noun. 1. Nautical. a. 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. b. A flat-bottomed riverboat. 2. A gondola car. 3. A basket, an enclosure, or an instrument sling suspended from and carried aloft by a balloon. 4. An enclosed structure suspended from a cable, used for conveying passengers, as to and from a ski slope, gondola.