noun, often attributive
band·​wag·​on | \ ˈband-ˌwa-gən How to pronounce bandwagon (audio) \

Definition of bandwagon

1 : a usually ornate and high wagon for a band of musicians especially in a circus parade
2 : a popular party, faction, or cause that attracts growing support often used in such phrases as jump on the bandwagon
3 : a current or fashionable trend

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Examples of bandwagon in a Sentence

tried to get everyone on the bandwagon about forming a neighborhood crime watch

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Adding Leonard could trigger a domino effect, whereby the Lakers might target Raptors guard Danny Green, Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith and any other low-cost veterans eager to hop aboard a championship bandwagon. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Pitching Kawhi Leonard: How do Lakers, Clippers and Raptors stack up in frenetic free agency?," 1 July 2019 What’s amazing to me is all the talking heads who badmouthed the Lakers just a few weeks ago are now back on the bandwagon and already naming them NBA champs., "Letters: On big deals, there's no shielding the Lakers from the agents," 21 June 2019 Gerber's cut is quickly cementing itself as the cool-girl hairstyle of 2019, with celebs like Brie Larson and Mandy Moore also hopping on the bob bandwagon. Meagan Fredette,, "Kaia Gerber Chopped Her Hair Into A Bob — & It's So On Trend For Summer," 10 June 2019 Hyundai jumps on the Marvel Cinematic Universe bandwagon with a completely over-the-top tribute to Iron Man using the Kona SUV as a starting point. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "With the 2019 Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition, MCU Means Marvel Car Universe," 10 May 2019 Who: Kanye West What: The superstar rapper has famously jumped off and back on to the social-media bandwagon, quitting in early 2018 and then reactivating his Instagram for Valentine’s Day before deleting his account again. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Is Elon Musk really ditching Twitter? 5 other notables who have deleted social media accounts," 17 June 2019 Jumping on the bandwagon In hearings and closed-door work over coming months, lawmakers in the House aim to peel the complex onion of the tech industry's dominance. CBS News, "Big Tech becomes big punching bag at House hearing on news business," 11 June 2019 During the plastics explosion of the mid-20th century, the personal care industry jumped on the plastics bandwagon along with many other industries. National Geographic, "The beauty industry generates a lot of plastic waste. Can it change?," 18 Apr. 2019 In other words, this is one bandwagon worth jumping on. Beth Janes, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Probiotics, According to Experts," 11 May 2019

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First Known Use of bandwagon

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bandwagon

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


band·​wag·​on | \ ˈband-ˌwa-gən How to pronounce bandwagon (audio) \

Kids Definition of bandwagon

1 : a wagon carrying musicians in a parade
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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