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

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of bandwagon in a Sentence

tried to get everyone on the bandwagon about forming a neighborhood crime watch
Recent Examples on the Web Everyone from the band Kings of Leon to the toilet paper company Charmin has jumped on the bandwagon. Rishi Iyengar And Jon Sarlin, CNN, "NFTs are suddenly everywhere, but they have some big problems," 30 Mar. 2021 Black Friday might be the best time ever to jump on the air-fryer bandwagon. Madison Trapkin, USA TODAY, "Black Friday 2020: You won't want to miss the amazing sales on these air fryers," 27 Nov. 2020 Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, musician Grimes and Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski are among the big names who have jumped on the bandwagon. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "We bought an NFT. Here's what we learned," 14 Mar. 2021 The Ducks led the nation in attendance, drawing more than 10,000 per game, as NBA stars such as LeBron James and Stephen Curry joined casual basketball fans on the bandwagon. oregonlive, "A year after coronavirus shut down sports, a look at lost dreams, a new normal, and hope amid uncertainty," 11 Mar. 2021 Backlash has included governmental scrutiny on trading companies, notably Robinhood, and criticism that the real victims would be unwary latecomers who jumped on the bandwagon when the only way for things to go was down. al, "Is a GameStop-style stock fight ahead for Tanger Outlet malls?," 4 Mar. 2021 Celebrity investors like Bill Gates, Katy Perry, and Serena Williams are jumping on the bandwagon. John Cumbers, Forbes, "The Meatless Mafia: Four Companies Revolutionizing The Future Of Food," 1 Mar. 2021 While brands have jumped on the bandwagon lately, launching everything from magnetic false eyelashes to magnetic face masks, magnetic mascara is still pretty new. Jacqueline Kilikita,, "Benefit’s New Magnet Mascara Is So Good, It Made My Lashes Look Fake," 26 Feb. 2021 Trump administration officials joined this bandwagon, arguing that a flight from China was imminent. Yossi Sheffi, WSJ, "Commentary: Postelection U.S.-China Trade Relations May Not Take the Expected Path," 31 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bandwagon.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of bandwagon

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bandwagon

Time Traveler for bandwagon

Time Traveler

The first known use of bandwagon was in 1849

See more words from the same year

Statistics for bandwagon

Last Updated

6 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Bandwagon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bandwagon



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.

More from Merriam-Webster on bandwagon

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for bandwagon

Nglish: Translation of bandwagon for Spanish Speakers

Comments on bandwagon

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


Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!