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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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 The big, wide hatch reveals a large cargo hold that is almost as spacious as a station wagon’s. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2019 Audi RS5 Sportback: America First," 29 Mar. 2018 Deputies tracked down a red Dodge Magnum station wagon believed to have been stolen from Stockton by a 40-year-old San Francisco man at around 3:27 a.m., Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "K-9 drags car thief out of bush after chase in Arden Arcade, deputies say," 12 July 2018 Didn’t have to borrow my father-in-law’s station wagon. Si Liberman, San Antonio Express-News, "A sentimental journey to Montreal and Quebec City," 28 June 2018 But home for Jacquie and her sister was a locked station wagon in an empty parking lot. Colm Toibin, New York Times, "Yes, Tommy Orange’s New Novel Really Is That Good," 19 June 2018 Those companies and more are selling station wagons in the U.S., prompted in part by the steady success of the Outback. Russ Mitchell,, "New wagons from Volvo and Jaguar offer agile alternatives to the lumbering SUV," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of station wagon

1929, in the meaning defined above

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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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