way·​back ˈwā-ˌbak How to pronounce wayback (audio)
US, informal
: the area in the back of a van, station wagon, or SUV
… the scant storage behind the third seat. The seatback folds, but the only way to open up the wayback is to remove the third seat entirely.Michael Lamm

Examples of wayback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because the Telluride is several inches longer than the seven-passenger Kia Sorento, its cabin is even more spacious, especially for those in the wayback. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 14 July 2023 The wayback seats in the TX are far more comfortable than the RX L's, and access is easy thanks to a second-row seat that flips forward at the push of a button. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 9 June 2023 Passenger space is generous in the first and second rows, and the third row, while not as spacious as the second, can accommodate an adult without too much complaining—something that can't be said of the wayback in the X7. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 12 Nov. 2022 And that’s when Apollo 10 1/2 turns into a straight-up wayback time machine, as much a memory piece as Roma, Belfast or Licorice Pizza. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 30 Mar. 2022 Three rows of seats will be available, and the third row appears to fold into the floor—a change from the current model, which requires you to flip and fold the wayback seats up towards the windows for more cargo capacity. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 9 June 2021 Fitting child seats to the third row will require more effort, but Honda does provide anchors for two and tethers for three seats in the wayback. Michael Simari, Car and Driver, 20 Oct. 2017 Second- and third-row legroom are the lowest in this matchup, but the Grand Caravan can still accommodate adults in the wayback, at least for a short journey. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 14 July 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wayback was in 1980

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

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