Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sleeping car on a European railroad train.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a passenger car that has berths for sleeping

Etymologies

French : wagon, railroad car (from English wagon) + lit, bed (from Old French, from Latin lēctus).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, 1979 I remember how, that night, I lay awake in my wagon-lit in a tender, delicious ecstasy of excitement, my burning cheek pressed against the impeccable linen of the pillow and the pounding of my heart mimicking that of the great pistons ceaselessly thrusting the train that bore ...

    Empty Your Heart Of Its Mortal Dream

  • A painter, confirmed bachelor and all-around cuddly Old World teddy bear, Bellack is no match for the Prince of Darkness, who invades his wagon-lit by dark of night...

    31 Screams: Norbert Schiller

  • KORDA arrived by first-class wagon-lit in Vienna in November 1919.

    The Great Escape

  • And yet, once she was in bed and could put out her light and raise the window-blind, she had to admit it was better than a wagon-lit in Europe: and perhaps the best that can be done for people who must travel through the night in trains.

    The Plumed Serpent

  • The shifting from the wagon-lit has begun at the Italian frontier.

    Tender is the Night

  • You may notice these people studying the book on the boat perhaps, certainly in the train; they even let the book interfere with the proper attention that is due to meals; and allow me to remark here that the wagon-lit people are very sound on the question of food.

    From a Terrace in Prague

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

    Swirling Waters

  • These trains were so booked up at this season, he might not have been able to secure a _wagon-lit_.

    Juggernaut

  • The carriage was an ordinary "wagon-lit" converted with considerable ingenuity into a Hospital Train.

    "Contemptible", by "Casualty"

  • [DEAR CHAS:] We left Berlin Monday night at eleven and slept well in a wagon-lit.

    Adventures and Letters of Richard Harding Davis

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  • Sleeping compartment of railway train.

    May 16, 2008