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

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 sad part is there are people who are jumping on the bandwagon with fake stories. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Steve Harvey on Returning to Stand-Up, Ambitious TV Plans and (Why Not?) Launching an Organic Food Empire," 27 Apr. 2018 As the news spread, other observatories enthusiastically jumped on the bandwagon and a broad range of observations ensued. Smithsonian, "Scientists Explain The Thrill of Detecting a Neutrino From a Far-Off Galaxy," 12 July 2018 Sure, there are Portland Trail Blazers bandwagon fans, newcomers drawn in by NBA All-Star Damian Lillard, gritty big man Jusuf Nurkic and the relentless CJ McCollum., "22 signs that you are a longtime Portland Trail Blazers fan," 19 Jan. 2018 When the euphoria of this once-in-a-lifetime season wears off, how many of you are ready to go from being bandwagon fans to bona-fide ones? Mike Bianchi,, "Will bandwagon UCF fans turn into ticket-buying UCF fans after historic season?," 10 Jan. 2018 Instead of quickly jumping on the bandwagon, this alarm should move you to research facts and consider opposing opinions before passing judgment or making a decision. Justin Bariso, Time, "There’s a Dark Side to Emotional Intelligence. Here’s How to Protect Yourself," 5 June 2018 The bandwagon was small when the tournament started. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "JP Dellacamera reflects on calling some of the 2018 World Cup's most dramatic goals," 5 July 2018 Stacey Evans, her primary opponent, highest-profile supporter was former Governor Roy Barnes who got on the Stacey Evans bandwagon really early. Bria Felicien, ajc, "Podcast transcript: Inside the allegations rocking Georgia’s governor’s race," 20 June 2018 Indeed, a lot of people in Shoreline have been inspired by Sarah and many have boarded her bandwagon. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "10-year-old finds way to honor local civil rights leader decades after his death," 15 June 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 \

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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