: 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.
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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 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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