Definition of nacelle in English:

nacelle

noun

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

    • ‘The center section of the wing, installed beneath the fuselage, carried the two engine nacelles and the retractable landing gear.’
    • ‘The oil tanks were carried in each engine nacelle.’
    • ‘The engine nacelles extend well beyond the wings' leading edges.’
    • ‘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. 1.1 The outer casing of an aircraft engine.
    2. 1.2 The car of an airship.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

nacelle

/nəˈsel//nəˈsɛl/