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covered wagon

noun
1.
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.
2.
British Railroads. a boxcar.
Origin of covered wagon
1735-1745
1735-45, Americanism
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  • It was but a few minutes later that I saw a covered wagon driving up to the door.

    The Barrel Mystery William J. (William James) Flynn
  • We went in a covered wagon with oxen and camped out all along the way.

  • No, you may meet his covered wagon to-day on lonely roads between the hill-villages of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

    Four Americans Henry A. Beers
  • And so it was agreed that he should carry her back in his covered wagon that very night.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • They moved from Hayburn, Georgia in a covered wagon drawn by oxen.

  • When I put it on I sort of reminded myself of a covered wagon.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • Looking up, he saw that it was a covered wagon with four wheels, such as is often to be met in New England towns.

    Facing the World Horatio Alger
  • Feudalism is a walled town; democracy is a ship at sea and a covered wagon.

    Proclaim Liberty! Gilbert Seldes
  • Mercy was still sleeping when a covered wagon, such as carriers use, came trundling along the road.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for covered wagon

covered wagon

noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a large wagon with an arched canvas top, used formerly for prairie travel
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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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