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

  • n. A large open farm wagon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wagon; A four-wheeled cart for hauling loads, usually pulled by horses or oxen.
  • v. Common misspelling of wane.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A four-wheeled vehicle for the transportation of goods, produce, etc.; a wagon.
  • n. A chariot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To carry; convey; fetch.
  • n. A four-wheeled vehicle for the transportation of goods, or for carrying corn, hay, etc.; a wagon or cart.
  • n. Same as Charles's Wain.
  • n. A Middle English form of gain.

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

  • n. large open farm wagon
  • n. English writer (1925-1994)
  • n. a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major


Middle English, from Old English wǣn, wægn; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English wæġn, from Proto-Germanic *wagnaz, from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ-. Cognate with Danish/Norwegian vogn, Dutch wagen, German Wagen, Frisian wein, Swedish vagn. Compare wagon. (Wiktionary)



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    February 19, 2013

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    January 19, 2010

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    September 30, 2008

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    September 29, 2008