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

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 As tends to be the case with performance wagons, the wagon likely won’t be available in the US, at least in this form. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 17 Mar. 2022 With a snarling soundtrack (a nod to the optional Porsche Sport Exhaust), the wagon is a rocket under full boost. Michael Harley, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 But the wagon that belonged to Jared and Ivanka was different from the others. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 8 Aug. 2021 The Delta Hercules stroller wagon is just so helpful. Lindsey Hunter Lopez, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021 Their mother rushed to her sons’ aid, explaining to the officer that the bright red wagon was theirs. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2021 Times have changed and this wagon is now back in its former home. courant.com, 25 Nov. 2020 On April 12, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ralph Abernathy set out from the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, in Birmingham, Alabama, and marched into a police wagon. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 11 Nov. 2021 This highly original wagon is for sale right now on Bring a Trailer, and the auction ends on April 6. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 4 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Other towns have repeatedly fled rivers – Niobrara, Nebraska, hauled its houses by horse and wagon away from flooding in the Missouri River in 1881 and moved again in 1971. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 July 2021 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, 12 Oct. 2017 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Wagon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wagon. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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