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 Needless to say, Republican wagons are circling around Trump, while Bolton is experiencing life as a heretic. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "‘John R. Bolton, Truest Reaganaut,’ &c.," 28 Jan. 2020 On the day of her install, Kirschner and her design assistant Ash Smith arrived with two wagons in tow. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Jenny Dina Kirschner Has Designed the Most Intricate Dollhouse You'll Ever See," 28 Jan. 2020 Schuler said additional elements to the inaugural festival are being finalized, but past Beerfest events have included virtual reality gaming, tricycle races, pedal wagons and other activities. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Bottoms up! First Louisville Winter Beerfest lets you choose from 325+ different brews," 21 Jan. 2020 Kanarowski-Peterson, 51, called the loss devastating, not just because the horses were vital to her and her husband Lyle Peterson’s business, offering trail rides and sleigh and wagon rides, but also because the horses are like family. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Horse ranch near the Dells blames 'heartbreaking' loss of 14 horses on toxic beetles," 14 Jan. 2020 Area 51 is kind of the Shangri-La of conspiracy theories because people are constantly hitching certain wagons onto it. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 Sponsored by the Spring Preservation League and Old Town Spring Improvement District, with help from the local merchants, the event features horse drawn wagons on Saturdays and a petting zoo every weekend. Houston Chronicle, "Dec. 18-31: Upcoming events feature ugly sweaters, rock legends and fireworks in northwest Houston," 13 Dec. 2019 This won’t be a defensive slog, but won’t be mistaken as fire wagon hockey, either. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings odds, picks and best bets," 27 Nov. 2019 Activities during the afternoon include horse and wagon rides, live musical performances by local artists and students from the Song-a-Day Music Center, pony rides, crafts, a holiday dance performance by students of The Can-Dance Studio. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 27 Nov. 2019 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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13 Feb 2020

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“Wagon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wagon?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=w&file=wagon001. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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