Meaning of nacelle in English:


Pronunciation /nəˈsɛl/

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  • 1A streamlined casing on the outside of an aircraft or motor vehicle, especially one housing an aircraft engine.

    ‘a grey aircraft with NAVY painted on the engine nacelles’
    • ‘The center section of the wing, installed beneath the fuselage, carried the two engine nacelles and the retractable landing gear.’
    • ‘I could clearly see his engine nacelles, fuselage, wings and tail in the dark.’
    • ‘Oil and fuel coming from three failed cylinders created a fire on the outboard side of the engine nacelle.’
    • ‘The engine nacelles extend well beyond the wings' leading edges.’
    • ‘The oil tanks were carried in each engine nacelle.’
    1. 1.1The passenger compartment of an airship.


Mid 19th century (originally denoting the basket of a balloon or car of an airship): from French, from late Latin navicella, diminutive of Latin navis ‘ship’.