: a slender staff carried in a procession : verge
: a slender rod used by conjurers and magicians
: a slat six feet by two inches used as a target in archery
also : a narrow strip of paper pasted vertically on a target face
: any of various pipelike devices
especially : the rigid tube between the hose and the nozzle of a vacuum cleaner
: a handheld device used to enter information (as from a bar code) into a computer

Examples of wand in a Sentence

The cashier used a wand to scan the bar code.
Recent Examples on the Web While the results might be powerful, transformation takes more than the wave of a wand. Bhopi Dhall and Saurajit Kanungo, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 These are on hand next to his must-have drugstore items like lip conditioner, Q-tips, disposable wands, tissues, lighting and sharpeners. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 7 Feb. 2024 This vacuum also offers several additional high-end features, including a telescoping wand for height adjustment, an oversized 1.5-liter dust bin, and bright LED headlights. Theresa Holland, Peoplemag, 23 Jan. 2024 The chubby doe-foot applicator was a surprise, but the wand still allowed for precise application without excess product smearing onto my lips. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, 18 Jan. 2024 Light sticks had just become available—the plastic wands that when activated emit bright neon light for hours. Andrew Weil, Harper's Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 Also on view is a 19th-century wand topped with a silver unicorn, which was produced around the time of George IV’s coronation in 1821. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Jan. 2024 Extension wands can also be used when cleaning ceilings and other high areas. Nor'adila Hepburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Jan. 2024 Disney Channel teased the news on Instagram, sharing a snapshot of the pilot script with a wand from the series. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English, slender stick, from Old Norse vǫndr; probably akin to Old English windan to wind, twist — more at wind entry 3

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wand was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wand. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a slender rod used in performing magic
: a light rod or tube

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