Definition of wagon-lit in English:


Syllabification: wag·on-lit
Pronunciation: /ˌvägôN ˈlē

noun (plural wagons-lits pronunc. same)

  • A sleeping car on a European railroad.
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    • The Gravy Train is the story of Philip Bushill-Matthews's journey to Brussels on a PR wagon-lit.
    • At Belgrade I was left looking after the luggage while my husband went off to organize a couchette or wagon-lit for the rest of the journey.
    • A railroad car - the wagon-lit in which a German delegation signed the WWI armistice on November 11, 1918, and in which a French delegation signed the surrender of France to the Third Reich on June 21, 1940.


from French wagon 'railroad car' + lit 'bed'.

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