wag·on | \ˈwa-gən \

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

c : paddy wagon

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

cart, wain

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Examples of wagon in a Sentence


Pioneers crossed the American Midwest in wagons. He pulled his stuffed animals around in a little red wagon.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

New this year is a moonlit wagon ride with a campfire. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 10 July 2018 Morning program includes children’s bike-scooter-stroller-wagon parade and contest 11 a.m. Walk-up registration starts 10:30 a.m. Concessions, live music and fireworks 6-10 p.m. Free. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Independence Day: A blast in the 'burbs," 26 June 2018 Families also enjoy wagon rides, a jumping pillow and a catch-and-release fishing pond. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 great pick-your-own farms across the USA," 22 June 2018 His parents moved here from North Florida in 1918 with a horse and wagon, only for the winter at first, and farmed beans. Lisa J. Huriash, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boca project finalized for shopping, rental apartments on S. Florida pioneer family's land," 19 June 2018 There will be food vendors, live music, a family parade, bounce houses, horse wagon rides and more. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Where to watch 4th of July fireworks around Indianapolis," 4 June 2018 Demonstrations of sheep shearing, wool spinning and blacksmithing will be offered, along with wagon rides through Maybury’s fields and forests. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: BravoBravo!, Palmer Park Art Fair, Art on the Grand in Farmington," 30 May 2018 The commissioner’s office has yet to announce disciplinary action for either the Rockies or the Padres after the two teams combined for five ejections during a fracas the Padres hope serves as a circle-the-wagon moment for a young team. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "NL West slate continues as Padres awaits suspension news," 12 Apr. 2018 Games, basket raffles, wagon rides, and a continual egg hunt. Amy Ellis, courant.com, "Easter Egg Hunts And Bunny Breakfasts Galore In CT," 19 Mar. 2018

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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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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

: a railway car that carries goods


wag·on | \ˈwa-gən \

Kids Definition of wagon

: a vehicle having four wheels and used for carrying goods

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