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 There are many kid-friendly activities, including slides, games, corn pit and mini wagon rides. Tracy Trobridge, baltimoresun.com, 7 Oct. 2021 Highlights include wagon rides, U-pick strawberries, flowers and fresh produce. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 June 2021 Sensing their budding power, the Greens and FDP are expected to negotiate with each other before hitching their wagon to one of the two bigger parties. Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2021 The owner offered him use of their newer Subaru wagon to get the pets out, but Pope wasn’t too worried. Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 Democrats who continue to hitch their wagon to the president going forward cannot say that they were not warned. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 24 Aug. 2021 Mercedes-Benz has released photos of an All-Terrain version of its C-class wagon. Annie White, Car and Driver, 18 Aug. 2021 Wooden bushel baskets of several varieties will fill their farm stand wagon, including popular Romanian Red and Georgian Crystal. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Aug. 2021 Khemani, Sondhi, Moessner and collaborators hitched their wagon elsewhere. Quanta Magazine, 2 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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

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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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Wagner von Jauregg



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13 Oct 2021

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“Wagon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wagon. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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


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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