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.

Nearby words

  1. statin,
  2. station,
  3. station agent,
  4. station break,
  5. station house,
  6. station-to-station,
  7. stationary,
  8. stationary engine,
  9. stationary engineer,
  10. stationary front

Origin of station wagon

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30

Also called, especially British, estate car. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for station wagon

  • The Packard sedan had not been moved, but the station-wagon was facing in the opposite direction.

    Murder in the Gunroom|Henry Beam Piper
  • My good old Dobbin has to pull Mother's station-wagon, too, you know, which is bad for his gaits.

    Why Joan?|Eleanor Mercein Kelly

British Dictionary definitions for station wagon

station wagon


US, Canadian, Australian, NZ and Southern 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 spaceBritish term: estate car
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