station wagon


Definition of station wagon

: an automobile that has a passenger compartment which extends to the back of the vehicle, that has no trunk, that has one or more rear seats which can be folded down to make space for light cargo, and that has a tailgate or liftgate

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Further Reading The station wagon is alive and well: Driving the Buick Regal TourX On the road, the Terrain rides very nicely. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: GMC Terrain gives you the ride you want—at a price," 23 Dec. 2018 Sure, Americans cooled on station wagons, but sales also swooned because companies stopped making them. Kyle Stock, The Seattle Times, "Richer Americans are skipping SUVs for station wagons," 7 Jan. 2019 And yet amid the carnage, the earnest, doughty station wagon has emerged unscathed. Kyle Stock, The Seattle Times, "Richer Americans are skipping SUVs for station wagons," 7 Jan. 2019 From inflatable station wagons to moose mugs, there are so many ways to outdo the rest of Margos and Todds of your neighborhood. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Everyone Is Freaking Out About This Crazy 'Christmas Vacation' Clark Griswold Inflatable," 10 Dec. 2018 Every time school was cancelled because of snow, my mother would pile about a hundred kids and a hundred sleds into our Chevy Caprice station wagon and take us there. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Sleds for a Snowy Winter," 24 Nov. 2018 Which is a shame, because station wagons are great: the utility of an SUV without the high seating position, sure, but also without the high center of gravity and drag coefficient. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Volvo’s new V60 is proof the station wagon must never die," 17 Oct. 2018 This 1933 Rolls-Royce Rolls On An auctioneer shows off his rare 20/25 Shooting Brake model that predated the modern station wagonArlan Ettinger with his 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Shooting Brake. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "The Rolls-Royce Rescued From a Georgia Barn," 16 Oct. 2018 Vehicles at risk include modern SUVs and crossovers (which often resemble station wagons). Bob Weber,, "Drivers can ship your car cross country," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of station wagon

1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of station wagon was in 1929

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English Language Learners Definition of station wagon

US : a car that has a large open area behind the back seat instead of a trunk and that has a door at the back for loading and unloading things

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Kids Definition of station wagon

: an automobile that is longer on the inside than a sedan and has one or more folding or removable seats but no separate luggage compartment

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