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.
There are aeronauts, however, who prefer a journey in a Montgolfier to one in a gas-balloon.
It is suspected the heat of the Montgolfier rarified too much the inflammable air of the other & occasioned it to burst.
In 1784, opera singer Elizabeth Thible became the first woman to fly aboard a Montgolfier hot-air balloon, over Lyon, France.
Named after the French Montgolfier brothers, who first constructed and sent up a balloon of this kind.