wagon-lit

[French va-gawn-lee]

noun, plural wa·gons-lits [va-gawn-lee] /va gɔ̃ˈli/.

(in continental European usage) a railroad sleeping car.

Nearby words

  1. wagon seat,
  2. wagon soldier,
  3. wagon train,
  4. wagon vault,
  5. wagon-headed,
  6. wagonage,
  7. wagoner,
  8. wagonette,
  9. wagonload,
  10. wagram

Origin of wagon-lit

1880–85; < French, equivalent to wagon railway coach (< E) + lit bed (< Latin lectus)

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British Dictionary definitions for wagon-lit

wagon-lit

noun plural wagons-lits (vaɡɔ̃li)

a sleeping car on a European railway
a compartment on such a car

Word Origin for wagon-lit

C19: from French, from wagon railway coach + lit bed

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