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wagon-lit

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

(in continental European usage) a railroad sleeping car.

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Origin of wagon-lit

First recorded in 1880–85; from French, equivalent to wagon “railway coach” (from English ) + lit “bed” (from Latin lectus )
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wagon-lit
/ (French vaɡɔ̃li) /

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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