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

Examples of bandwagon in a Sentence

tried to get everyone on the bandwagon about forming a neighborhood crime watch
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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. 2022.

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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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