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[band-wag-uh n]
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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.
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Origin of bandwagon

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; band1 + wagon
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Related Words for bandwagon

tone, look, form, trend, pattern, thing, shape, mode, model, fad, chic, cut, figure, rage, make, cry, appearance, custom, convention, usage

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Contemporary Examples of bandwagon

Historical Examples of bandwagon

  • There's something in an Irishman that drives him into the bandwagon.

    Cappy Ricks Retires

    Peter B. Kyne

  • Her eyes were set on the bias and she was painted more colors than a bandwagon.

  • Gid's not to say a teetotaler, but he had to climb into the bandwagon skiff or sink outen sight.

    Rose of Old Harpeth

    Maria Thompson Daviess

  • Should he jump on the bandwagon of advancement to the stars, hoping to catch the imagination of the voters by it?

    Progress Report

    Mark Clifton

  • The realists had won; the rest climbed on the bandwagon but quick; and the temple was cleansed.

British Dictionary definitions for bandwagon


  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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Word Origin and History for bandwagon


also band-wagon, 1855, American English, from band (n.2) + wagon, originally a large wagon used to carry the band in a circus procession; as these also figured in celebrations of successful political campaigns, being on the bandwagon came to represent "attaching oneself to anything that looks likely to succeed," a usage first attested 1899 in writings of Theodore Roosevelt.

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