Definitions

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

  • n. An automobile having an extended interior with a third seat or luggage platform and a tailgate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A body style for cars in which the roof is extended rearward to produce an enclosed area in the position of and serving the function of the boot (trunk) of a sedan / saloon.

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

  • n. a car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat

Etymologies

Originally a covered wagon used to convey passengers from a train station to their hotel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Cautiously, even reluctantly, Uncle David wheeled the brown station wagon up the steep driveway the day he and Aunt Janet came to get us in Eastaboga.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • Another problem was that I learned that while the kids were in school, Peg was parking my unmistakable bright yellow, nine-passenger station wagon outside the local bar, where she was moonlighting by playing piano for the afternoon drinkers.

    Kitchen Privileges

  • “We piled into the station wagon and parked on Kekaulike Street, where the pedestrian mall and low-income housing are now,” Chu said.

    American Chinatown

  • Honda therefore decided to subdivide its development work into one Japanese team responsible for the basic car including the four-door sedan and two sub-teams, one in the United States responsible for the coupe and station wagon variants, and one in Japan responsible for the four-door hardtop.

    The Machine That Changed the World

  • Would the owner of the blue station wagon with the license plate F-G-X-1-1-3 please move your car?

    RUBY LU, BRAVE and true

  • The erosion of the station wagon segment by minivans caused cancellation of the station wagon version of GM-10, and the introduction of the Ford Taurus in 1985 caused GM to redesign the exterior sheet metal of the GM-10 cars because senior executives felt they would otherwise be too similar to the Ford products.

    The Machine That Changed the World

  • We then traveled to tiny Belize on the Caribbean coast, where we nearly ruined our faithful station wagon by pushing through on a bad track to the as-yet-unexcavated ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal, in Guatemala.

    A Billion Lives

  • Growing up in the green and luscious city of Seattle during the 1970s was idyllic, but the real joy came in the summertime, when my family and I piled our camping gear into our station wagon and headed for the stunning North Cascades mountains.

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • He did it under the hood of a 1956 Pontiac station wagon at the Teec Nos Pos trading post in northwest New Mexico on June 14, 1963.

    Riding Rockets

  • In 1951, as a newly minted twenty-three-year-old PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, Noel Rose and his pregnant wife, Deborah, packed all their meager belongings into the back of an ancient, rear-dragging Oldsmobile station wagon and journeyed north from Philadelphia to the State University of New York at Buffalo.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

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