A rigid airship first designed in Germany by Count (Graf) Ferdinand von Zeppelin in the 1870s. The Hindenburg (LZ 129) is the most famous example. It's crash on 06 May 1937 essentially ended the era of large Zeppelins for commercial transport.

LZ is a German abbreviation for Luftfahrzeug.
The Goodyear Blimp is a modern version of a Zeppelin, but unlike the Hindenburg, is much smaller and filled with inert helium instead of flammable hydrogen.
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A Zeppelin, in more correct terminology, is a Rigid Arship, or Derigable. Made famous by the giant Zeppelins of Germany in the 1920's and 30's, and the Hindenburg which crashed.
A zeppelin isn't a plane, dumbass.
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A big fat joint or marijuana cigarette that resembles a blimp or a Zeppelin.
Lets go smoke a big fat Zeppelin . Yeah I wanna burn down too man.
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The whales of the sky! The high flying mobilized balloon. Big, but impractical for production and militaristic use. Used for advertising during sports games.
Damn those zeppelins, they keep blocking my view of Mars for astronomy class!
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A rigid airship, specifically one based on the designs of Count Ferdinand Zeppelin. A Zeppelin is incomplete without out at least 4 swastikas.
Let's go to the Flughafen and take the next available flight out of Germany.
by JHOU November 30, 2003

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A crazy plane.
That zeppelin is dieing.
by bj February 02, 2003

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