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

It was purchased by Ribeiro, dismantled and transported by wagon and car to San Jose via El Camino Real. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Five Wounds Church in San Jose turning 100 years old," 6 July 2019 Entire families turn out, bringing buckets, wagons, and extra chalk. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "Solemn Parties, Festive Liturgies — What’s Not to Like about Being Catholic?," 22 June 2019 Panic ensued and many in the grandstand on the north side of the tent ran to the floor heading east and right into the animal chutes, which were used to move the animals from the circus floor to their wagons outside. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Hartford Fire Department to observe 75th anniversary of the Hartford Circus Fire," 25 June 2019 The budding ballistics man strapped a number of rockets to his wagon, ignited them, and watched as the vehicle wreaked havoc in a nearby alley. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Mike McShane was eager to lease another Subaru Outback when the three-year contract on his current wagon expired this fall. Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "Be Ready to Pay More to Lease Your Next Car," 14 Nov. 2018 Is all of this patently ridiculous coming from someone who has perpetually hitched her wagon to Trump’s star, and mighty convenient timing in terms of propping up potential book sales? Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Omarosa May Be Ridiculous, But She’s Not a “Terror”," 13 Aug. 2018 One Thursday last month, Jackson’s father and grandfather put the young boy in a wagon decorated in Harley-Davidson colors and headed to Mount Washington City Park to play. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A tick gave a toddler a rare and deadly disease. Here’s what his parents want you to know.," 4 June 2019 In another shot, the girl appears at the Barrs’ front door clad in a hot pink ensemble, next to a little red wagon and the family dog. Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza, The Seattle Times, "Deported parents may lose their kids to adoption," 9 Oct. 2018

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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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