wagon


1wag·on

noun \ˈwa-gən\

: a vehicle with four wheels that is used for carrying heavy loads or passengers and that is usually pulled by animals (such as horses)

: a small, low vehicle with four wheels that children play with

: a railway car that carries goods

Full Definition of WAGON

1
a :  a usually four-wheeled vehicle for transporting bulky commodities and drawn originally by animals
b :  a lighter typically horse-drawn vehicle for transporting goods or passengers
c :  paddy wagon
2
British :  a railway freight car
3
:  a low four-wheeled vehicle with an open rectangular body and a retroflex tongue made for the play or use of a child
4
:  a small wheeled table used for the service of a dining room <the dessert wagon>
5
:  a delivery truck <a milk wagon>
6
off the wagon
:  in or into a state of no longer abstaining from alcoholic beverages <fell off the wagon>
on the wagon
:  in or into a state of abstaining from alcoholic beverages

Examples of WAGON

  1. Pioneers crossed the American Midwest in wagons.
  2. He pulled his stuffed animals around in a little red wagon.

Origin of WAGON

Dutch wagen, from Middle Dutch — more at wain
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with WAGON

2wagon

verb

Definition of WAGON

intransitive verb
:  to travel or transport goods by wagon
transitive verb
:  to transport (goods) by wagon

First Known Use of WAGON

1606

wagon

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Four-wheeled vehicle designed to be drawn by draft animals. Wagons have been used from the 1st century BC; early examples used spoked wheels with metal rims, pivoted front axles, and linchpins to secure the wheels. Ninth-century improvements in suspension made the wagon preferable to the two-wheeled cart, especially for carrying freight and agricultural produce.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: wagonage
Previous Word in the Dictionary: Wagner tuba
All Words Near: wagon

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up wagon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More