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

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 The two-door Audi 80 wagon, built from 1966 to 1968, was a contemporary of the Volkswagen Squareback, but with its powertrain at the front rather than the rear. Car and Driver, 16 July 2022 Other outdoor pursuits at the patch include a scavenger hunt in a cornfield, hay wagon rides and a petting zoo. Jay Jones, Chicago Tribune, 16 Sep. 2022 Other activities: Corn maze, hayrides, wagon rides and farm animals for viewing. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Sep. 2022 Weekend passes also include wagon rides and access to food trucks, vendors, musical performances and encounters with farm animals. Susan Soldavin, Baltimore Sun, 15 Aug. 2022 Enjoy access to a 5-acre sunflower field with wagon rides, photo opportunities, flower picking and 3 acres of playground and barnyard animals, plus a straw mountain and a tire mountain through Aug. 14. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 5 Aug. 2022 That nearly head-on crash forever changed the then-spiral-shaped galaxy, giving it a new shape and structure resembling a wagon wheel. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Aug. 2022 Its wagon-wheel-esque appearance is the aftermath of a collision between a large spiral galaxy and a smaller galaxy that is not pictured. Julia Musto, Fox News, 2 Aug. 2022 In the Cartwheel galaxy, which looks a bit like a wagon wheel, a colorful ring surrounds an even brighter inner ring -- both of which expand away from the heart of the collision, as depicted in the Webb image. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 2 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Chris Bobek, who lives a couple of blocks south of Harrer, pulled daughter Sophie, 3, in a classic fire-red Radio Flyer wagon up to the complex’s main entrance. George Castle, Chicago Tribune, 6 June 2022 Other towns have repeatedly fled rivers – Niobrara, Nebraska, hauled its houses by horse and wagon away from flooding in the Missouri River in 1881 and moved again in 1971. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 July 2021 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, 12 Oct. 2017 See More

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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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1 Oct 2022

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“Wagon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wagon. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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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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