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


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

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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 Aside from wagon rides being led by two horses, attendees checked out an ice sculptor at work and ate chestnuts prepared by Rich Harris, a local business owner. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Deerfield rolls out its holiday traditions for annual ‘Winter Celebration’," 9 Dec. 2019 There will also be wagon rides through the woods to observe the light displays and listen to Christmas music. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "THIS WEEK: Santa to pose for photos with special needs children, pets at LaCenterra in Cinco Ranch," 1 Dec. 2019 Conner Prairie is the new host and offers more than just a wagon ride through the lights. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 27 December festivals, events around Indianapolis to keep you busy," 29 Nov. 2019 These include children’s crafts, music, artisan demonstrations, wagon rides, the corn cannon, pumpkin decorating, face painting and make-your-own scarecrow activities. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Favorite fall activities to (pumpkin) spice up October," 9 Oct. 2019 Pumpkin Patch at Wishing Star Farm in Ellicott Admission includes giant games (like Jenga and Checkers), pedal karts, small hay maze, petting zoo, hay wagon rides, duck races, jumping pillow, games, Kids Corral Western Town and more. Beth Rankin, The Know, "A guide to Colorado corn mazes, pumpkin patches and fall farm festivals," 4 Oct. 2019 For the kids, there will also be wagon rides, a corn maze and all of the farm's regular exhibits and activities. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "9 things to do in Cleveland on Sunday, Sept. 15," 15 Sep. 2019 The fields are slated to be open for you-pick strawberries and there will be wagon rides to the fields. Annie Alleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Rainy spring will delay start of season for some Illinois berry farms," 6 June 2019 Hours for berry picking seasons (blueberry, raspberry, blackberry) are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily with wagon rides leaving from the market. Annie Alleman, Post-Tribune, "Rainy weather will make it a good berry picking season in the Region," 6 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1606, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for wagon


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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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wagon.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wagon. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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


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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