band·​wag·​on ˈband-ˌwa-gən How to pronounce bandwagon (audio)
often attributive
: a usually ornate and high wagon for a band of musicians especially in a circus parade
: a popular party, faction, or cause that attracts growing support
often used in such phrases as jump on the bandwagon
: a current or fashionable trend

Examples of bandwagon in a Sentence

tried to get everyone on the bandwagon about forming a neighborhood cleanup
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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bandwagon was in 1849

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“Bandwagon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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band·​wag·​on ˈban-ˌdwag-ən How to pronounce bandwagon (audio)
: a wagon carrying musicians in a parade
: a popular movement or activity that attracts growing support
jump on the bandwagon

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