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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While there, D’Esposito borrowed his father’s station wagon on September 6 and never returned. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Big wave surfer found dead from apparent drowning two weeks after disappearing in Mexico," 27 Sep. 2018 At the beginning of the Season 1 finale, the future of the league looked uncertain, with Debbie driving off in her station wagon and Ruth reporting sadly that her ex-friend is quitting the show and going home to her husband and baby. Judy Berman, New York Times, "What to Remember Before ‘GLOW’ Comes Back for Season 2," 25 June 2018 The Japanese carmaker's station wagons, crossovers, and SUVs have a familiar shape and style. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Safety first, last, and always: The Subaru Ascent, reviewed," 25 Oct. 2018 The two men went there together in the summer of 1961, traveling across the country with a pair of research assistants – including Shimomura’s wife, Akemi – in a seven-day trip by station wagon. Harrison Smith, The Seattle Times, "Osamu Shimomura, atomic blast survivor and Nobel-winning chemist, dies at 90," 23 Oct. 2018 Photo: General Motors In later decades, station wagons, followed by minivans, sought to challenge the sedan’s status as the family hauler. Mike Colias, WSJ, "America Has Fallen Out of Love With the Sedan," 25 Aug. 2018 Volvo will build a number of other vehicles based on CMA, but don't be surprised if the XC40 is the only one sold in the U.S. Buyers here aren't exactly clamoring for compact sedans, hatchbacks and station wagons. Mark Phelan,, "Want a new Volvo every year? Subscription service starts with XC40 crossover," 26 Dec. 2017 Just as minivans replaced the family station wagon in the 1980s, so too did big SUVs vanquish those vans in the 1990s. Aaron Bragman, USA TODAY, "Review: Ford's revamped Expedition SUV moves to the front of the pack," 13 July 2018 Her unbending support was always noticed at each and every activity of her five children logging innumerable miles carpooling in her station wagon., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/1," 1 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

: 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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