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Etymology of gondola

Posted by Johannes on 11 August 2013

The word gondola comes from the Old Italian gondula, from the late Latincondua (gondola) from the late Greek condura (small boat) from the Greek adjective conduros [condos + ura; with short tail].* Others etymologize gondola from the Greek condy [Gr: κονδύ], a kind of glass.*

In modern Greek:
a) gondola: gondola [Gr: γόνδολα]

* Babiniotis Etymological Dictionary of Modern Greek

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One Response to “Etymology of gondola”

  1. Terry Walsh said

    Hmm! If you wish to stick to Greek, then κόντιλος, dim. of κοντός ‘pole’, is a better candidate. But surely a nearer origin is gondolâ (‘roll’, ‘sway’ in Friulian).

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