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

Examples of station wagon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His father, Martin, drove a blue Chevrolet station wagon to work at a no-name law firm. Christopher Maag, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2023 During Bob Barker’s tenure as host on the show, another contestant tumbled onstage during a celebration after a correct bid won him a new station wagon. Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2023 Advertising of that bygone era glamorized the station wagon as the key to a life of blissful leisure for the All-American family. Frank Markus, Car and Driver, 31 Aug. 2023 Did our station wagon even have them in the back seat? Alison Osius, Outside Online, 3 Apr. 2023 The German automaker’s Concept CLA Class, revealed Sunday at the IAA Mobility auto show in Munich, comprises four new models: a sedan, a station wagon and two SUVs. Michelle Toh, CNN, 4 Sep. 2023 View Photos The Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain station wagon follows the lead of its sedan sibling into a new generation for the 2024 model year. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 3 Sep. 2023 Bigger vehicles, like trucks and SUVs, are more likely to kill a person than sedans or station wagons. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 9 Aug. 2023 According to the criminal complaint, multiple witnesses saw Gretchen talking to the driver of a green station wagon, and multiple witnesses, and Zandstra himself, placed Zandstra driving on the road where Gretchen was seen walking to camp. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 24 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of station wagon was in 1929

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“Station wagon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

station wagon

: an automobile 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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