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station wagon

an automobile with one or more rows of folding or removable seats behind the driver and no luggage compartment but an area behind the seats into which suitcases, parcels, etc., can be loaded through a tailgate.
Also called, especially British, estate car.
Origin of station wagon
1925-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Packard sedan had not been moved, but the station-wagon was facing in the opposite direction.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
  • My good old Dobbin has to pull Mother's station-wagon, too, you know, which is bad for his gaits.

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
British Dictionary definitions for station-wagon

station wagon

(US & Canadian, Austral & NZ, South African) a car with a comparatively long body containing a large carrying space, reached through a rear door: usually the back seats can be folded forward to increase the carrying space British term estate car
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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