[ band-wag-uhn ]
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  1. a wagon, usually large and ornately decorated, for carrying a musical band while it is playing, as in a circus parade or to a political rally.

  2. a party, cause, movement, etc., that by its mass appeal or strength readily attracts many followers: After it became apparent that the incumbent would win, everyone decided to jump on the bandwagon.

Origin of bandwagon

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; band1 + wagon

Words Nearby bandwagon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bandwagon in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bandwagon


/ (ˈbændˌwæɡən) /

  1. US a wagon, usually high and brightly coloured, for carrying the band in a parade

  2. jump on the bandwagon, climb on the bandwagon or get on the bandwagon to join or give support to a party or movement that seems to be assured of success

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