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n. pl. wa·gons-lits or wa·gon-lits (vä′gôN-lē′)
A sleeping car on a European railroad train.

[French : wagon, railroad car (from English wagon) + lit, bed (from Old French, from Latin lēctus; see legh- in Indo-European roots).]
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(French vaɡɔ̃li)
n, pl wagons-lits (vaɡɔ̃li)
1. (Railways) a sleeping car on a European railway
2. (Railways) a compartment on such a car
[C19: from French, from wagon railway coach + lit bed]
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(Fr. va gɔ̃ˈli)

n., pl. wa•gons-lits (Fr. va gɔ̃ˈli)
(in continental European usage) a railroad sleeping car.
[1880–85; < French, =wagon railway coach (< E) + lit bed (< Latin lectus)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wagon-lit - a passenger car that has berths for sleepingwagon-lit - a passenger car that has berths for sleeping
drawing room - a private compartment on a sleeping car with three bunks and a toilet
carriage, passenger car, coach - a railcar where passengers ride
roomette - a small private compartment for one on a sleeping car
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The Gravy Train is the story of Philip Bushill-Matthews's journey to Brussels on a PR wagon-lit. It is by the MEP (Conservative) for the West Midlands and is a straight autobiography of his time in Europe.