wagon-lit

noun
wa·​gon-lit | \ vä-gōⁿ-ˈlē How to pronounce wagon-lit (audio) \
plural wagons-lits or wagon-lits\ vä-​gōⁿ-​ˈlē(z) How to pronounce wagon-lits (audio) \

Definition of wagon-lit

: a railroad sleeping car

First Known Use of wagon-lit

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wagon-lit

French, from wagon railroad car + lit bed

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