ferdinand von zeppelin


  1. Count Fer·di·nand von [fer-di-nahnt fuh n] /ˈfɛr dɪˌnɑnt fən/, 1838–1917, German general and aeronaut: designer and manufacturer of the zeppelin.


  1. (sometimes capital) a large cylindrical rigid airship built from 1900 to carry passengers, and used in World War I for bombing and reconnaissance


  1. Count Ferdinand von (ˈfɛrdinant fɔn). 1838–1917, German aeronautical pioneer, who designed and manufactured airships (zeppelins)

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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