Definition of bandwagon in English:



  • 1(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’
    • ‘This is the explosive essence of carnival, and it is driven by music from bandwagons, articulated lorries stacked 30 feet high with speakers.’
    • ‘And all those passing bandwagons, wheels spinning and drivers hissing, have given William something to hop on.’
    • ‘Even as the bandwagon rolled over their son's grave, they honoured his memory by voicing nothing but calm compassion for his killer.’
    • ‘Doesn't she know that there is a law against overloading bandwagons?’
    • ‘When I spoke to Declan on Wednesday evening, he was in the processing of finalizing a deal for the new bandwagon.’
    • ‘Jumping on such bandwagons is fun - and I've met a lot of people who I now consider good friends through this medium.’
    • ‘One man is out to derail the bandwagons in all three of the Festival's biggest races, however.’
    • ‘He says a bit in his defence and then carries on on his bandwagon.’
    • ‘We must not reward them by jumping on any of their various bandwagons.’
    • ‘I don't like bandwagons, because I am a slowcoach and it's usually pretty crowded by the time I get there.’
    • ‘Our extended family got on the bandwagon, of course, and we all began making inquiries.’
    • ‘At first glance, a fella could be hoodwinked into assuming both these bandwagons to be one and the same.’
    • ‘Sometimes, though, I don't always get on the bandwagon before it rolls out of the gate.’
    • ‘But then, I suppose without any petrol, some smart lorry-driver might inform you, no bandwagons would get anywhere anyway.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2An activity or cause that has suddenly become fashionable or popular.

    ‘companies sought to strengthen their share prices by jumping on the dot-com bandwagon’
    ‘they would not climb aboard the bandwagon of every fashionable social issue’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For some time I have wondered why it is only Hollywood, and not our own film industry, that is riding the Shakespeare bandwagon.’
    • ‘Hundreds of cities around the nation have climbed onto the sustainability bandwagon.’
    • ‘It could also add enough momentum to finally bring New Labour's privatisation bandwagon to a grinding halt.’
    • ‘Most of them have already hopped on the Linux bandwagon, largely by working with the likes of Linuxcare and Red Hat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As always with the year drawing to a close I am debating whether or not to jump on the resolution bandwagon.’
    • ‘It is ironic that arts in education appears to be something of a political bandwagon.’
    • ‘FOXY BROWN is the latest member of the hip hop contingent to jump on the fashion bandwagon.’
    • ‘Perish the thought of jumping willy-nilly on to investment bandwagons or lavishing shareholders' funds on high-profile marketing campaigns.’
    • ‘In the short-term meanwhile, there are plans for a website, as Robertson jumps on the e-commerce bandwagon.’
    • ‘The Buccaneers bandwagon is smoldering after an embarrassing loss in San Francisco.’
    • ‘While reluctant to jump on the celebrity bandwagon, Mansfield has been active in pursuing other ways to move his company forward.’
    • ‘So a few weeks ago, way, way behind the bandwagon, I discovered the Norah Jones album.’
    • ‘One thing Clinic could never be accused of is copying anyone's sound or jumping aboard the latest fashionable bandwagon.’
    • ‘While others may be content to jump on the electroclash bandwagon, Tiga again proves to be an innovator.’
    • ‘Apart from the integrated oil outfits, lots of other businesses are now climbing on board the environmental bandwagon.’
    • ‘There are a number of people jumping on the Scottish bandwagon and making things very depressing.’