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bandwagon

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noun, often attributive band·wag·on \ˈband-ˌwa-gən\

Simple Definition of bandwagon

  • : a popular activity, effort, cause, etc., that attracts growing support

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bandwagon

  1. 1 :  a usually ornate and high wagon for a band of musicians especially in a circus parade

  2. 2 :  a popular party, faction, or cause that attracts growing support —often used in such phrases as jump on the bandwagon

  3. 3 :  a current or fashionable trend

Examples of bandwagon in a sentence

  1. <tried to get everyone on the bandwagon about forming a neighborhood crime watch>



1855

First Known Use of bandwagon

1855


BANDWAGON Defined for Kids

bandwagon

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noun band·wag·on \ˈband-ˌwa-gən\

Definition of bandwagon for Students

  1. 1 :  a wagon carrying musicians in a parade

  2. 2 :  a candidate, side, or movement that attracts growing support <Many restaurants are getting on the bandwagon and offering healthier food.>





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