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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If that fear proves accurate, Ballmer better start saving seats on the Clippers’ bandwagon for late-arriving converts. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Analysis: Kawhi Leonard’s Clippers are the envy of the NBA, but hold off on the coronation," 11 July 2019 Large corporations are jumping on the CBD bandwagon, creating products that, in some cases, sit just on the outskirts of FDA oversight. Felicia Gans,, "Massachusetts says hemp-derived CBD is illegal — but CBD stores are still everywhere," 1 July 2019 The end is inevitable, and everyone from Bochy to Bumgarner to casual bandwagon fans can see the pain that lies ahead. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants’ emotional win a preview of the painful days that lie ahead," 5 June 2019 As sports betting continues to explode in popularity, NBC Sports Bay Area is jumping on the bandwagon. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Sports betting show comes to Bay Area TV; will you wager on its success?," 1 Aug. 2019 Now, the Area 51 raid has become a meme, inspired stars like Lil Nas X to jump on the bandwagon and even galvanized the Air Force itself to share a response. Raisa Bruner, Time, "How the Area 51 Raid Meme Became the Biggest Joke in the Galaxy," 17 July 2019 Others were jumping on the bandwagon, but seeking to reframe and soften the message. New York Times, "Trump Sets the 2020 Tone: Like 2016, Only This Time ‘the Squad’ Is Here," 16 July 2019 Dominique Yates, Louisville Courier Journal, Louisville Courier Journal HOOVER, Ala. — SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy was on the bandwagon early for Mark Stoops' Kentucky football program. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy on Kentucky football: 'They're not going anywhere'," 9 July 2019 The number of medical marijuana cardholders more than tripled in the last five years as more states jumped on the bandwagon. Washington Post, "Promise of marijuana leads scientists on search for evidence," 11 June 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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