Definition of nacelle in English:


Syllabification: na·celle
Pronunciation: /nəˈsel


  • 1A streamlined housing or tank for something on the outside of an aircraft or motor vehicle.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1The outer casing of an aircraft engine.
  • 1.2chiefly • historical The car of an airship.


early 20th century (originally denoting the car of an airship): from French, from late Latin navicella, diminutive of Latin navis 'ship'.

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