meaning of bandwagon

bandwagon meaning in General Dictionary

a favorite trend that pulls growing support

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  • a favorite trend that pulls developing help
  • a large embellished wagon for carrying a musical musical organization

bandwagon meaning in Etymology Dictionary

in addition band-wagon, 1855, United states English, from musical organization (n.2) + wagon, originally a big wagon always carry the musical organization in a circus procession; as they also figured in celebrations of successful governmental campaigns, becoming in the bandwagon stumbled on portray "attaching oneself to whatever looks more likely to be successful," a usage first attested 1899 in writings of Theodore Roosevelt.