1570, "a game played with a large, inflated leather ball" (possibly via Middle French ballon) from Italian pallone "large ball" from palla "ball", from Lombardic palla "ball" from Proto-Germanic *ballô (“ball”), from Proto-Indo-European *bholn- (“bubble”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- (“to blow, swell, inflate”). Akin to Old High German ballo, bal "ball" (German Ballen "bale"; Ball "ball"). More at ball.
balloon (plural balloons)
- An inflatable buoyant object, often (but not necessarily) round and flexible.
- Such an object as a child’s toy.
- Such an object designed to transport people through the air.
- (medicine) A sac inserted into part of the body for therapeutic reasons; such as angioplasty.
- A speech bubble.
- A type of glass cup, sometimes used for brandy.
- (architecture) A ball or globe on the top of a pillar, church, etc.
- the balloon of St. Paul's Cathedral in London
- (chemistry) A round vessel, usually with a short neck, to hold or receive whatever is distilled; a glass vessel of a spherical form.
- (pyrotechnics) A bomb or shell.
- A game played with a large inflated ball.
- (engraving) The outline enclosing words represented as coming from the mouth of a pictured figure.
Terms derived from balloon
inflatable object to transport people through the air
sac inserted into part of the body
balloon (third-person singular simple present balloons, present participle ballooning, simple past and past participle ballooned)
- (intransitive) To increase or expand rapidly.
- His stomach ballooned from eating such a large meal.
- Prices will balloon if we don't act quickly.
- (intransitive) To go up or voyage in a balloon.
- (transitive) To take up in, or as if in, a balloon.
To increase or expand rapidly