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 One lucky person will win everything needed for a tailgate party, including a Coleman portable grill, Ozark folding wagon, Coleman 50-quart cooler, grill tool set, adult beverages and other items. cleveland, "Westlake High School technology students win state awards: West Shore Chatter," 4 Mar. 2020 Park knew that streets in Dakota railway towns were wide enough for two-way horse-and-wagon traffic. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Prairie Lotus' reimagines 'Little House' world through eyes of a Chinese girl," 26 Feb. 2020 Renae Perry said they will be taken to the cemetery by horse and wagon. Jackie Smith, USA TODAY, "After nearly 7 decades together, this couple died hours apart on New Year’s Day," 4 Jan. 2020 The festivities will occupy more than 20 blocks downtown and include a parade, three stages for entertainment, fireworks, a market for food, beverages and shopping, horse and wagon rides, ice sculpting and more. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Get into the holiday spirit with these festive Midwest events," 14 Nov. 2019 This will be a little fire-wagon hockey on the west side of Chicago, though. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Maple Leafs-Blackhawks odds: Chicago a short dog at home," 10 Nov. 2019 Before the advent of the popular car, besides railroads, the average American never traveled more than 12 miles from home, because that's how far a horse and wagon could go to and from in one day. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Before the Kardashians, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford made road trips the engines of their celebrity," 8 Aug. 2019 Tercero often told stories about learning how to hustle on the streets, selling tamales from a wagon with his brother, his daughter said. John D'anna, azcentral, "Tony Tercero, a Vietnam War hero from Phoenix, dies of COVID-19 at age 71," 30 Apr. 2020 As the death toll rose, patrolmen stacked decomposing corpses wrapped in white sheets on the sidewalks, waiting for the meat wagons to scoop them up. Randy Roberts And Johnny Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, "When Babe Ruth and the Great Influenza Gripped Boston," 30 Apr. 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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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wagon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wagon. Accessed 7 Jun. 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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