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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The message is clear, don’t run off when the going gets tough, because you’ll be labeled a bandwagon jumper for climbing aboard when things look up. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Whatever you do this World Cup, don't root for Mexico," 15 June 2018 But for companies vying for attention in the competitive mobile industry, the oppo-tunity to jump on the bandwagon is too good to pass up. James Vincent, The Verge, "Oppo says it will share more info about a possible foldable phone next February," 29 Nov. 2018 Kylie Jenner has also jumped on the bright bandwagon—by way of a shocking indigo dye job, of course. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The First Breakout Beauty Trend of 2019 Is Already Blowing Up on Instagram," 10 Jan. 2019 Celebrities such as Jessica Biel and Ryan Seacrest have already hopped on the bandwagon, and now Cardi B has shared a new throwback video in the spirit of the challenge. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "What Cardi B’s 10-Year Challenge on Instagram Tells Us About Her Style," 15 Jan. 2019 Book and magazine publishers, furniture manufacturers, and retailers have all jumped on the modern farmhouse bandwagon. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "How the ‘modern farmhouse’ look took over," 21 Nov. 2018 When scientists made the link between amyloid and Alzheimer’s in the 1980s, drugmakers jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of inventing a trillion-dollar drug for a progressive and fatal disease that affects more than 5 million Americans. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 More recently, in June, PBteen unveiled a line of Hello Kitty–themed home décor, while Proactiv jumped on the bandwagon a month later with a limited-edition Hello Kitty acne brush kit. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "This Converse x Hello Kitty Line Is Everything," 10 Aug. 2018 See his tweet for yourself, below: More people hopped on this bandwagon too. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Ryan Reynolds Just Joked About Blake Lively Cheating on Him…With a Ghost," 2 Nov. 2018

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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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