bandwagon

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 Many libraries are jumping on the virtual bandwagon with online book clubs, story times and cooking classes. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus has closed Milwaukee venues, but places like the zoo and the art museum have gone virtual," 24 Mar. 2020 Stoeger jumped on the PCP bandwagon with the introduction of the XM1 at SHOT Show 2020. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "The 12 Best Air Guns of 2020," 28 Feb. 2020 Longtime Dallas developer Provident Realty Advisors is jumping on the industrial building bandwagon with a project in southeast Denton County. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Award-winning Dallas developer heads to Denton County with warehouse project," 12 Feb. 2020 Known for its chic '50s-style appliances, Smeg has hopped on the rose gold bandwagon, with its newest line combining iconic midcentury style with modern features for THE trendiest must-have kitchen gadgets. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Smeg’s New Limited-Edition Kitchen Appliances Are a Rose Gold Dream," 8 Oct. 2019 The outrage has a kitschy element, with minor celebrities jumping on the blasphemy bandwagon for a few minutes of self-righteous fame. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Pakistani Prior Restraint in Holland," 6 Sep. 2018 Yet few entrepreneurs have jumped on the subscription bandwagon for local news. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "A Crazy Idea for Funding Local News: Charge People for It," 7 Feb. 2018 But last year's collapse against the Yankees did flatten the tires on the Tribe media bandwagon for 2018. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Indians 2018: Quiet underdogs is right spot -- Terry Pluto (photos)," 28 Oct. 2017 Look no further, because Apple TV+ has jumped on the bandwagon. Los Angeles Times, "Apple TV+ jumps on the free-content bandwagon, offering ‘Dickinson,’ ‘Servant’ and more," 10 Apr. 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

23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bandwagon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bandwagon. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bandwagon

bandwagon

noun
How to pronounce bandwagon (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bandwagon

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

bandwagon

noun
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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on bandwagon

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for bandwagon

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bandwagon

Spanish Central: Translation of 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).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a pile of three dimensional shapes in green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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