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

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In other words, this is one bandwagon worth jumping on. Beth Janes, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Probiotics, According to Experts," 11 May 2019 Now, as shoppers prepare their wardrobes for summer, more brands have jumped onto the open-back bandwagon. Glamour, "Halter Tops Are Shaping Up to Be Summer 2019’s Biggest Throwback Trend," 23 Apr. 2019 From requests to make this her music video to supportive Dirty Dancing references, plenty of people hopped on the Carrie bandwagon. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood's Casual ACMs Performance Is Receiving a Lot of Mixed Reactions," 8 Apr. 2019 Even Republicans have jumped on the bandwagon—somewhat. Bryce Covert, Glamour, "America Could at Last Pass Paid Leave. But What Good Is a Plan That Excludes Millions of Women?," 2 Apr. 2019 The message is clear, don’t run off when the going gets tough, because you’ll be labeled a bandwagon jumper for climbing aboard when things look up. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Whatever you do this World Cup, don't root for Mexico," 15 June 2018 But for companies vying for attention in the competitive mobile industry, the oppo-tunity to jump on the bandwagon is too good to pass up. James Vincent, The Verge, "Oppo says it will share more info about a possible foldable phone next February," 29 Nov. 2018 Kylie Jenner has also jumped on the bright bandwagon—by way of a shocking indigo dye job, of course. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The First Breakout Beauty Trend of 2019 Is Already Blowing Up on Instagram," 10 Jan. 2019 Celebrities such as Jessica Biel and Ryan Seacrest have already hopped on the bandwagon, and now Cardi B has shared a new throwback video in the spirit of the challenge. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "What Cardi B’s 10-Year Challenge on Instagram Tells Us About Her Style," 15 Jan. 2019

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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 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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