from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Montgolfier, Joseph Michel 1740-1810. French aeronautic inventor who with his brother Jacques Étienne (1745-1799) built and ascended in the first practical hot-air balloon (1783).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hot-air balloon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A balloon which ascends by the buoyancy of air heated by a fire; a fire balloon; -- so called from two brothers, Stephen and Joseph Montgolfier, of France, who first constructed and sent up a fire balloon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A balloon filled with air expanded by heat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. French inventor who (with his brother Josef Michel Montgolfier) pioneered hot-air ballooning (1745-1799)
- n. French inventor who (with his brother Jacques Etienne Montgolfier) pioneered hot-air ballooning (1740-1810)
After the French Montgolfier brothers, who first constructed and sent up a balloon of this kind. (Wiktionary)