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covered wagon

a large wagon with a high, bonnetlike canvas top, especially such a wagon used by pioneers to transport themselves and their possessions across the North American plains during the westward migrations in the 19th century.
British Railroads. a boxcar.
Origin of covered wagon
1735-45, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for covered wagon
  • Typically, they are between a hundred and a hundred and thirty square feet, roughly the size of a covered wagon.
  • Hands-on activities for children include loading a covered wagon, attending a one-room school and dressing in pioneer clothing.
  • Make your trek on horseback, in a stage coach or even in a covered wagon.
  • The guests of the resort can stay in a cabin, tent or even a covered wagon.
  • There are special exhibits and activities for kids, including covered wagon rides.
  • But covered wagon or station wagon, there's a constant.
  • Yet, it is the image of the pioneer's covered wagon heading westward that is planted in our collective historic memory.
  • She spent much of her childhood living with her grandparents and traveling back and forth in a covered wagon to visit her parents.
  • Students work cooperatively in a group and create a small model of a covered wagon complete with provisions.
British Dictionary definitions for covered wagon

covered wagon

(US & Canadian) a large wagon with an arched canvas top, used formerly for prairie travel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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covered wagon in Culture

covered wagon definition

A typical conveyance for settlers moving west with their belongings. It was drawn by horses or oxen and equipped with a canvas cover, often supported by hoops, to keep off rain.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for covered wagon

covered wagon

noun phrase

An aircraft carrier (WWII Navy)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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