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Dictionary Definition



1 any of various kinds of wheeled vehicles drawn by a horse or tractor [syn: waggon]
2 van used by police to transport prisoners [syn: police van, police wagon, paddy wagon, patrol wagon, black Maria]
3 a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major [syn: Big Dipper, Dipper, Plough, Charles's Wain, Wain]
4 a child's four-wheeled toy cart sometimes used for coasting [syn: coaster wagon]
5 a car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat [syn: beach wagon, station wagon, beach waggon, station waggon, waggon]

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From Dutch wagen, waghen, from Germanic *wagna-. Compare wain.



  1. A four-wheeled cart for hauling loads, usually pulled by horses or oxen.
  2. A four-wheeled cart for hauling loads, usually pushed or pulled by human force.
  3. A child’s riding toy, four-wheeled and pulled or steered by a long handle in the front.
  4. In the context of "US|AU|slang}} A station wagon.

Extensive Definition

A wagon (in British English, sometimes waggon) or dray is a heavy four-wheeled vehicle. Wagons were formerly pulled by animals such as horses, mules or oxen. Today farm wagons are pulled by tractors and trucks. Wagons are used for transportation of people or goods. Wagons are distinguished from carts (which have two wheels), and from lighter four-wheeled vehicles such as carriages. A wagon could be pulled by one animal or by several, often in pairs.
Sometimes, the word wagon is also used for railroad cars (not motorized, for goods or passengers), and the word is a part / the usual short form of station wagon, the non-British term for a sedan (saloon) with an extended rear cargo area. Other names: estate (car) / shooting brake (UK), break (F), station sedan (Aus), Kombi (generally in German, in English also varied to combi), Variant (VW models), Caravan (GM's Opel models), Avant (Audi's wagons), Touring (BMW's wagons).

See also

wagon in German: Fuhrwerk (Stellwagen)
wagon in French: chariot
wagon in Hungarian: Kocsi
wagon in Latin: Carrus
wagon in Dutch: Wagen
wagon in Polish: fura
wagon in Portuguese: Carroça
wagon in Pennsylvania German: Waage
wagon in Russian: Повозка
wagon in Turkish: Araba
wagon in Walloon: tchår

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Black Maria, Conestoga wagon, barge, boat, bus, caravan, carryall, cart, coach, covered wagon, cruiser, dray, ferry, float, haul, haywagon, lighter, paddy wagon, patrol car, patrol wagon, police van, prairie schooner, prowl car, raft, ship, sled, sledge, squad car, truck, van, waggon, wain, wheelbarrow
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