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 Each villa has beach chairs, umbrellas, and a wagon to be used at the beach (or near the pool). Judy Koutsky, Forbes, "14 Reasons To Visit This Under-The-Radar Florida Gem," 12 Apr. 2021 Edward and Monica Marshall walked to the event from their house a few blocks away, pulling a wagon to keep drinks and other supplies on hand for their children, who were eager to explore the booths. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, "Residents flock to Movin' on Main event in Schertz," 11 Apr. 2021 All four babies were tucked into a wagon and rolled into a handicapped spot at Gerald J. Ford Stadium, but not without church members and security guards stopping them along the way. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "The Marr, the merrier: Identical quadruplet North Texas boys celebrate 1st birthdays," 8 Apr. 2021 Porsche also recently revealed the Taycan Cross Turismo, a wagon-like version of the Taycan. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Why the 911 will be last the Porsche model to go electric," 19 Mar. 2021 Face coverings are required to attend the event, and visitors are encouraged to bring a wagon or cart for new purchases. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando outdoors: 5 events to enjoy this weekend," 10 Mar. 2021 As a boy pulling his wagon along a newspaper-delivery route in Chicago, Richard Driehaus noticed ornate houses that made his family’s bungalow look drab. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Richard Driehaus, Stock-Market Daredevil, Preserved Traditional Architecture," 25 Mar. 2021 So, more determined than ever, Olivia and her mom set out fully masked with her wagon and flyers to enlist the help of her community. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Oliva Isaacs," 24 Mar. 2021 Fun for him was nailing a canvas tarp to a post fixed to a farm wagon and setting sail down dusty rural roads. David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: At a COVID-19 vaccination site in Milwaukee, a glimpse of our united effort to defeat a deadly pandemic," 23 Mar. 2021 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 Apr 2021

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