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 Friday afternoon, poet Roberto Carlos Ascalon visited CHAZ with his family and friends, towing children ages 3, 4 and 5 in a small wagon. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "In Seattle's Capital Hill autonomous protest zone, some Black leaders express doubt about white allies," 15 June 2020 At the same time, Perdue and Loeffler struggled without Trump on the ballot—both ran behind him in deep red, pro-Trump counties, despite hitching their wagon to the president, and failed to win Black voters at the same clip. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Georgia Shows the GOP’s Dismal Future Without Trump," 6 Jan. 2021 Sure, some of us fell off the wagon in 2020, for instance, with unhealthy eating, drinking or screen time. Hannah Herrera Greenspan, chicagotribune.com, "After 2020, New Year’s resolutions might look different for 2021. Experts suggest taking it a little easier on yourself.," 1 Jan. 2021 And around back, this version has a clear station-wagon profile, with a small window aft of the C-pillar and a gently sloping rear hatch. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Ford Fusion Leaked Images Show Wagon Shape, Wall-to-Wall Screens," 30 Dec. 2020 When this has dried, bolt the yoke to the wagon body. Roy Berendsohn And Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Gift: A Wooden Wagon for the Kids," 28 Nov. 2020 But here's the stat that will make all us wagon fans feel bad: during the same time period, 20,462 people bought Volvo XC60 SUVs. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country: How to ruin a station wagon," 3 Nov. 2020 There's no way Louisville loses this game, unless the wheels have completely fallen off the wagon for the Cardinals. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "What are the chances Louisville football finishes the season at .500? Let's take a look," 21 Oct. 2020 Our politics, for so long mired like an overloaded wagon in rain-wet gumbo clay, is lurching forward to catch up to the people. Hal Herring, Field & Stream, "Where Do American Hunters and Anglers Go From Here?," 14 Dec. 2020 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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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Wagon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wagon. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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