wagon

noun
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

wagon

verb
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

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

The train rolled away after its driver disembarked to inspect a wagon and failed to secure the brake. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "American Railways Chug Toward Automation," 19 Jan. 2019 Recently, wagon sales have increased in part because there’s more to choose from. Kyle Stock, The Seattle Times, "Richer Americans are skipping SUVs for station wagons," 7 Jan. 2019 The train rolled away after its operator disembarked to inspect one of the wagons and didn’t secure a brake. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "BHP Output Mostly Down; Flags Productivity Hit, Copper Guidance Lift," 21 Jan. 2019 Smallpie will have the hand pies that Honeypie has been selling at farmers markets and street fests (the snack wagon will go on hiatus at least for the summer, Lucks said, as the cafe gets its sea legs). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coming soon in Bay View and Walker's Point: Smallpie and Greige, bakeries with drinks," 12 June 2018 Fill yourselves up, plant yourselves in that, make your roots deep and ensure that your vessel and your wagon are always full. Glamour, "Follow Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year Summit Live," 11 Nov. 2018 Interactive exhibits show how to properly prepare and pack a wagon (150 pounds of bacon was an essential) and what you’d find in a pioneer tool kit. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "A Traveler’s Guide to Oregon City, aka ‘Portland Without the Weird’," 27 Sep. 2018 The parade steps off at 10 a.m. from the south Carousel lot and marches down El Prado, ending at the Plaza, where the wagon judging takes place. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Balboa Park celebrates Founder's Day at Fiesta Botanica," 24 May 2018 By the time the wagons were full, the crowd had swelled, the taunts had grown more hostile and, though police manpower was thin early Sunday, several scout cars responded to the scene. Detroit Free Press, "He helped start 1967 Detroit riot, now his son struggles with the legacy," 15 May 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

Noun

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

Verb

1606, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for wagon

Noun

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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wagon

noun

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

wagon

noun
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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