wagon

noun
wag·​on | \ ˈwa-gən How to pronounce wagon (audio) \

Definition of wagon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a usually four-wheeled vehicle for transporting bulky commodities and drawn originally by animals
b : a lighter typically horse-drawn vehicle for transporting goods or passengers
2 British : a railway freight car
3 : a low four-wheeled vehicle with an open rectangular body and a retroflex tongue made for the play or use of a child
4 : a small wheeled table used for the service of a dining room the dessert wagon
5 : a delivery truck a milk wagon
off the wagon
: in or into a state of no longer abstaining from alcoholic beverages fell off the wagon
on the wagon
: in or into a state of abstaining from alcoholic beverages

wagon

verb
wagoned; wagoning; wagons

Definition of wagon (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to travel or transport goods by wagon

transitive verb

: to transport (goods) by wagon

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Synonyms for wagon

Synonyms: Noun

cart, wain

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Examples of wagon in a Sentence

Noun

Pioneers crossed the American Midwest in wagons. He pulled his stuffed animals around in a little red wagon.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Inside Gaga's custom wagon were clear boxes filled with an assortment of pink items. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "So What Exactly Was in Lady Gaga's Wagon at the Met Gala 2019 Red Carpet?," 6 May 2019 The green, wood-sided wagon was sent across the block at the Mecum Monterey auction by collector Peter Escovedo, who has a penchant for unusual mundane American cars and purchased it himself about eight years ago. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "What may be the world's most expensive Ford Pinto sold for $33,000," 24 Aug. 2018 Men like Safeway's Steve Burd and Walgreens' Jay Rosan, each of whom tried to hitch their companies to Holmes' wagon of lies, also belong in the scorn category. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The downfall of Theranos, from the journalist who made it happen," 15 July 2018 Families in covered wagons and gold prospectors once moved west toward the setting sun. Michael Powell, New York Times, "The East Has Fallen Off the Map," 3 July 2018 Their new design for an electric motor arranges the magnets around the whole wheel hub by standing them on end, like the spokes of a wagon wheel. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Speaking of Spokes: The Design That Could Change How Electric Car Motors Are Made," 20 Nov. 2018 But insiders worry that the hangers-on who enabled and facilitated her fall off the wagon may make their way back into the star’s inner circle. Fox News, "Demi Lovato reportedly surrounded herself with enablers prior to overdose," 5 Aug. 2018 In the Manchac Swamp, for example, radial pull-boat canals were dug to extract cypress logs, creating distinctive wagon-wheel patterns easily discernible from the air today. Richard Campanella, NOLA.com, "A canal in Central City? Little-known waterway once connected city to swamp," 6 Mar. 2018 After sacking Highgarden, Jaime Lannister and Bronn see their troops carry out wagons of gold to King's Landing. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4: 11 Things to Know About "The Spoils of War"," 7 Aug. 2017

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The farm's dozens of other attractions, from a train and giant jumping pillows to wagon rides to a pumpkin patch, give it almost amusement-park status. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Get lost! In one of 10 winding Wisconsin corn mazes," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of wagon

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1606, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for wagon

Noun

Dutch wagen, from Middle Dutch — more at wain

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The first known use of wagon was in the 15th century

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wagon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wagon

: a vehicle with four wheels that is used for carrying heavy loads or passengers and that is usually pulled by animals (such as horses)
: a small, low vehicle with four wheels that children play with
British : a railway car that carries goods

wagon

noun
wag·​on | \ ˈwa-gən How to pronounce wagon (audio) \

Kids Definition of wagon

: a vehicle having four wheels and used for carrying goods

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