Definition of nacelle in English:


Pronunciation /nəˈsel/ /nəˈsɛl/

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  • 1A streamlined housing or tank for something on the outside of an aircraft or motor vehicle.

    ‘a gray 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 outer casing of an aircraft engine.
    2. 1.2The car 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’.