Definition of bandwagon in English:



  • 1Used in reference to an activity, cause, etc. that is currently fashionable or popular and attracting increasing support.

    ‘the environmental bandwagon is feeling mighty crowded’
    ‘concerns over the risk posed by this emerging technology threaten to derail the bandwagon’
    • ‘While reluctant to jump on the celebrity bandwagon, Mansfield has been active in pursuing other ways to move his company forward.’
    • ‘While others may be content to jump on the electroclash bandwagon, Tiga again proves to be an innovator.’
    • ‘There are a number of people jumping on the Scottish bandwagon and making things very depressing.’
    • ‘It could also add enough momentum to finally bring New Labour's privatisation bandwagon to a grinding halt.’
    • ‘One thing Clinic could never be accused of is copying anyone's sound or jumping aboard the latest fashionable bandwagon.’
    • ‘It is ironic that arts in education appears to be something of a political bandwagon.’
    • ‘Hundreds of cities around the nation have climbed onto the sustainability bandwagon.’
    • ‘However, as soon as they have a steady income and begin to raise a family, they join the package-deal bandwagon or join guided tours.’
    • ‘In the short-term meanwhile, there are plans for a website, as Robertson jumps on the e-commerce bandwagon.’
    • ‘FOXY BROWN is the latest member of the hip hop contingent to jump on the fashion bandwagon.’
    • ‘For some time I have wondered why it is only Hollywood, and not our own film industry, that is riding the Shakespeare bandwagon.’
    • ‘Most of them have already hopped on the Linux bandwagon, largely by working with the likes of Linuxcare and Red Hat.’
    • ‘So a few weeks ago, way, way behind the bandwagon, I discovered the Norah Jones album.’
    • ‘Perish the thought of jumping willy-nilly on to investment bandwagons or lavishing shareholders' funds on high-profile marketing campaigns.’
    • ‘Any spectacle surrounding the Tyson bandwagon tends to display only the awesome power of money.’
    • ‘Critics, notoriously influenced by what other critics have written, are often prone to drift onto bandwagons, consciously or not.’
    • ‘Apart from the integrated oil outfits, lots of other businesses are now climbing on board the environmental bandwagon.’
    • ‘The Buccaneers bandwagon is smoldering after an embarrassing loss in San Francisco.’
    • ‘As always with the year drawing to a close I am debating whether or not to jump on the resolution bandwagon.’
  • 2(especially formerly) a wagon used for carrying a band in a parade or procession.

    ‘the colourful bandwagon was later purchased for use in circus parades’
    • ‘At first glance, a fella could be hoodwinked into assuming both these bandwagons to be one and the same.’
    • ‘Even as the bandwagon rolled over their son's grave, they honoured his memory by voicing nothing but calm compassion for his killer.’
    • ‘I don't like bandwagons, because I am a slowcoach and it's usually pretty crowded by the time I get there.’
    • ‘He says a bit in his defence and then carries on on his bandwagon.’
    • ‘When I spoke to Declan on Wednesday evening, he was in the processing of finalizing a deal for the new bandwagon.’
    • ‘This is the explosive essence of carnival, and it is driven by music from bandwagons, articulated lorries stacked 30 feet high with speakers.’
    • ‘Doesn't she know that there is a law against overloading bandwagons?’
    • ‘One man is out to derail the bandwagons in all three of the Festival's biggest races, however.’
    • ‘Sometimes, though, I don't always get on the bandwagon before it rolls out of the gate.’
    • ‘Our extended family got on the bandwagon, of course, and we all began making inquiries.’
    • ‘We must not reward them by jumping on any of their various bandwagons.’
    • ‘And all those passing bandwagons, wheels spinning and drivers hissing, have given William something to hop on.’
    • ‘But then, I suppose without any petrol, some smart lorry-driver might inform you, no bandwagons would get anywhere anyway.’
    • ‘Jumping on such bandwagons is fun - and I've met a lot of people who I now consider good friends through this medium.’
    • ‘As the Culture Minister, he might have been expected to fight his corner for the arts, but no, he saw a speeding bandwagon and leapt aboard.’


  • jump (or climb) on the bandwagon

    • Join others in doing or supporting something fashionable or likely to be successful.

      ‘scientists and doctors alike have jumped on the bandwagon’
      • ‘It is a delicate dance between enticing legions of customers to jump on the bandwagon and building the capacity to support them if they actually show up.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, he said, ‘eventually all the major retailers will jump on the bandwagon.’’
      • ‘My worry is that kids will think it's big to jump on the bandwagon and then another generation is infected.’
      • ‘‘We don't want to jump on the bandwagon,’ he says.’
      • ‘Since Meg has been asking lots of questions of her readers lately, I'm going to jump on the bandwagon and ask you to join in: what's your favourite recipe?’
      • ‘The credibility and brand equity that Google enjoys is huge, and I expect them to continue to beat other search engines and advertising networks that may eventually jump on the bandwagon.’
      • ‘Couple this with many equity-rich property owners in the UK and it becomes obvious why there has been such a rush to jump on the bandwagon and move to the mountains.’
      • ‘Terry can also rely on Richmond's army of supporters to jump on the bandwagon if they get the sniff of success.’
      • ‘But without enforced government mandates, outfitters have no incentive to jump on the bandwagon, and both workers and the environment continue to suffer.’
      • ‘If somebody else innovates and it becomes successful they might try to buy them out or jump on the bandwagon, but if innovation threatens that guaranteed income they squash it and that's that.’
      • ‘With these types of economic freedoms many people will jump on the bandwagon and the projected GDP growth figures are very likely to be met.’
      • ‘Maybe if a couple more celebrities jump on the bandwagon, all of America will stop wearing bras.’
      • ‘I pretty much ignore the critics and unfortunately I have to deal with the moochers - people who want to jump on the bandwagon and start GTG consulting firms or something.’
      • ‘Since the cool girls are pimping out their favorite products in the new Amazon Beauty Store I figured I'd jump on the bandwagon and do the same.’
      • ‘It means ‘I hated it, it sucked, but I'm not going to jump on the bandwagon of chin-scratching high-brow critical savagery.’’
      • ‘That means they are ready to jump on the bandwagon and honour just about anyone if it is going to be popular with the public.’
      • ‘I thought somebody was going to jump on the bandwagon in Scotland, so why not me?’
      • ‘Many companies may try and jump on the bandwagon, so we need to ensure the quality of his image is protected.’
      • ‘Why not jump on the bandwagon and do something good for a cause that's near and dear to our hearts?’
      • ‘Journalists jump on the bandwagon, and grand sketches are circulated highlighting an urban utopia complete with crisp boardwalks, fancy restaurants and the all-important water vista.’


Mid 19th century (originally US): from band + wagon.