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
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 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

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First Known Use of bandwagon

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bandwagon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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