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station wagon

an automobile with one or more rows of folding or removable seats behind the driver and no luggage compartment but an area behind the seats into which suitcases, parcels, etc., can be loaded through a tailgate.
Also called, especially British, estate car.
Origin of station wagon
An Americanism dating back to 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • George opened up the hood of the station wagon and showed them the engine.

    The Hohokam Dig Theodore Pratt
  • George glanced at the dent in the side panel of the station wagon.

    The Hohokam Dig Theodore Pratt
  • We brought up your luggage with you—two trunks—in the station wagon.

  • Cane drove the station wagon to town and returned with the desired articles.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • “Maybe I should give him a lift,” he remarked, slowing the station wagon.

British Dictionary definitions for station wagon

station wagon

(US & Canadian, Austral & NZ, South African) a car with a comparatively long body containing a large carrying space, reached through a rear door: usually the back seats can be folded forward to increase the carrying space British term estate car
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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