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[French va-gawn-lee] /French va gɔ̃ˈli/
noun, plural wagons-lits
[va-gawn-lee] /va gɔ̃ˈli/ (Show IPA)
(in continental European usage) a railroad sleeping car.
Origin of wagon-lit
1880-85; < French, equivalent to wagon railway coach (< E) + lit bed (< Latin lectus) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wagon-lit
Historical Examples
  • Every wagon-lit in Berlin had been commandeered by the staff.

    The Day of Wrath Louis Tracy
  • They stood at the door of their wagon-lit in the Côte d'Azur Rapide, searching the crowded platform for him.

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
  • I hope the wagon-lit proved a compensation for your temporary effacement, laughed Stuart.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • Just fancy, Stuart burst forth, the indignity of having to ask permission before one could keep a fox-terrier or a wagon-lit.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • From the window of the wagon-lit Mrs. Shiffney looked at the two men standing together as the train drew away from the platform.

    The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens
  • And the wagon-lit, booked to Syracuse, calmly left stranded in the station of Messina, to go no further.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • The windows of the wagon-lit were plastered with warnings to be careful, to talk to no strangers; that the enemy was listening.

  • You've made yourself pretty well at home in this wagon-lit, anyhow, taking off all your clothes and putting on your nightgown.

    The Motor Maid

    Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  • As The Sparrow lay that night in the wagon-lit he tried to sleep, but the roar and rattle of the train prevented it.

    Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo William Le Queux
  • And he produced a batch of tickets, among which I saw coupons for reserved compartments in the wagon-lit.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for wagon-lit


/French vaɡɔ̃li/
noun (pl) wagons-lits (vaɡɔ̃li)
a sleeping car on a European railway
a compartment on such a car
Word Origin
C19: from French, from wagon railway coach + lit bed
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