[French va-gawn-lee]
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Origin of wagon-lit

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

roomette, sleeper, wagon-lit

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Historical Examples of wagon-lit

  • Every wagon-lit in Berlin had been commandeered by the staff.

    The Day of Wrath

    Louis Tracy

  • They stood at the door of their wagon-lit in the Côte d'Azur Rapide, searching the crowded platform for him.

    Swirling Waters

    Max Rittenberg

  • Just fancy, Stuart burst forth, the indignity of having to ask permission before one could keep a fox-terrier or a wagon-lit.

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern

  • I hope the wagon-lit proved a compensation for your temporary effacement, laughed Stuart.

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern

  • From the window of the wagon-lit Mrs. Shiffney looked at the two men standing together as the train drew away from the platform.

    The Way of Ambition

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for wagon-lit


noun plural wagons-lits (vaɡɔ̃li)
  1. a sleeping car on a European railway
  2. a compartment on such a car

Word Origin for wagon-lit

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