Definition of wagon in English:


Syllabification: wag·on
Pronunciation: /ˈwaɡən
(British also waggon)


1A vehicle used for transporting goods or another specified purpose: a coal wagon an ammunition wagon
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  • Years ago the refuse wagon had a trailer on the back for waste paper and cardboard.
  • Only ammunitions wagons and ambulances were brought up to the immediate rear lines.
  • They cornered Loudon Lane only to find a coal wagon blocking their way.
1.1A four-wheeled trailer for agricultural use, or a small version of this for use as a child’s toy.
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  • The barn had a high central alley, tall enough for a threshing machine or a hay wagon.
  • After we had bailed the hay then we would get the long wagons and load the hay.
  • Side by side they travel, combine and wagon, until the bin on the combine is empty.
1.2A horse-drawn vehicle, especially a covered wagon used by early settlers in North America and elsewhere.
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  • At one point, they neared a horse and wagon that had a wheel wedged deep into the earth.
  • One spring when he was hauling some logs, his wagon wheels sank down to the axles in mud.
  • She felt the wagon being covered, then felt motion as the driver urged the horses on.
1.3chiefly North American A wheeled cart or hut used as a food stall.
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  • He wandered around and came to a cook wagon preparing some food.
  • Mobile food wagons rather than traditional catering facilities are the order of the day.
  • The cart, disguised as a kerosene peddler's wagon, was suspicious because it had no spigot to dispense fuel.
1.4A small cart or wheeled table used for serving drinks or food.
1.5A vehicle like a camper used by gypsies or circus performers.
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  • Sullivan stood staring at a colorful gypsy wagon lumbering down a side lane out of sight.
  • Once the council realises its mistake and I'm allowed to stay, I'll get gypsy wagons down here to repair and put on show.
  • He then built a big top and circus wagons, which were all painted their trademark ‘Giffords red’.
1.6 informal short for station wagon.
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  • The lines on the cars are more defined and crisp than on previous Peugeot sedans and wagons.
  • I certainly see there is plenty of good automotive art in this mix of new models and concept wagons.
  • Exterior styling is a mix between a sports sedan and a luxury wagon, with the seating position of an SUV.
1.7British A railroad freight car.
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  • Transport officials said one of the rear wagons may have derailed first, pulling others off the line.
  • The remainder of his working life was spent at the carriage and wagon department at Swindon railway works.
  • I travelled by foot, by hitch-hiking and by clambering onto the wagons of freight trains.


late 15th century: from Dutch wagen; related to wain.


fix someone's wagon

Bring about a person’s downfall or spoil their chances of success.
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  • We shall fix his wagon at some stage but for now he's draining my creative juices and Gill's too.
  • He tells them both that's he gonna fix their wagon for good, and you just know he means it.
  • The old soldier, who learned a long time ago to recognize deception and diversion, is gonna fix their wagon.

hitch one's wagon to a star

see hitch.

off the wagon

(Of an alcoholic) drinking after a period of abstinence: she fell off the wagon two days after making a resolution to quit
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  • The album fared miserably on the charts, however, and Zevon again fell off the wagon.
  • He went on long benders, landed in detox wards, returned to his studio and soon fell off the wagon again.
  • The star had a liver transplant in 2002 and vowed never to drink again but fell off the wagon last year.

on the wagon

informal (Of an alcoholic) abstaining from drinking: Agnes was thinking of going on the wagon again
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  • He is, for now, on the wagon, having recognised he has alcohol and financial problems.
  • Jack is an aspiring writer, three months on the wagon after his alcoholism caused family problems.
  • After his dark drinking days, O'Neil clambered on the wagon only to find his Dad determined to drag him off.

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