Anything can be a wagon, so long as it has wheels and can be pulled. Wagons are used for transporting goods, like grains from a farm, or your little sister who wants another ride around the block.

The origin of wagon is the German weg, meaning “move, carry.” You’ll see horse-drawn wagons carrying vegetables, or a wagon pulled by a tractor moving bales of hay into a barn. A paddywagon is slang for a police van that brings suspected criminals to the station. If you “fall off the wagon” that means you started drinking alcohol again after being sober for a while. And when you “hitch your wagon to a star,” you pursue a major goal.

Definitions of wagon
  1. noun
    any of various kinds of wheeled vehicles drawn by an animal or a tractor
    synonyms: waggon
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    a large ornate wagon for carrying a musical band
    a heavy open wagon usually having two wheels and drawn by an animal
    chuck wagon
    a wagon equipped with a cookstove and provisions (for cowboys)
    Conestoga, Conestoga wagon, covered wagon, prairie schooner, prairie wagon
    a large wagon with broad wheels and an arched canvas top; used by the United States pioneers to cross the prairies in the 19th century
    ice wagon, ice-wagon
    (formerly) a horse-drawn wagon that delivered ice door to door
    a large low horse-drawn wagon without sides
    milk wagon, milkwagon
    wagon for delivering milk
    tram, tramcar
    a four-wheeled wagon that runs on tracks in a mine
    large open farm wagon
    water waggon, water wagon
    a wagon that carries water (as for troops or work gangs or to sprinkle down dusty dirt roads in the summertime)
    a cart drawn by a dog
    a cart that can be tilted to empty contents without handling
    horse cart, horse-cart
    heavy cart; drawn by a horse; used for farm work
    jaunting car, jaunty car
    an open two-wheeled one-horse cart formerly widely used in Ireland
    jinrikisha, ricksha, rickshaw
    a small two-wheeled cart for one passenger; pulled by one person
    a cart that is drawn by an ox
    donkey cart, pony cart, ponycart, tub-cart
    a cart with an underslung axle and two seats
    water cart
    cart with a tank for water (especially with fresh water for sale)
    type of:
    wheeled vehicle
    a vehicle that moves on wheels and usually has a container for transporting things or people
  2. noun
    a child's four-wheeled toy cart sometimes used for coasting
    synonyms: coaster wagon
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    type of:
    wheeled vehicle
    a vehicle that moves on wheels and usually has a container for transporting things or people
  3. noun
    van used by police to transport prisoners
    synonyms: black Maria, paddy wagon, patrol wagon, police van, police wagon
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    type of:
    a truck with an enclosed cargo space
  4. noun
    a car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat
    synonyms: beach waggon, beach wagon, estate car, station waggon, station wagon, waggon
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    shooting brake
    another name for a station wagon
    type of:
    auto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar
    a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine
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