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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
An Americanism dating back to 1735-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Rain may let up a little mite by that time, and anyhow, I'll have the covered wagon.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • We went in a covered wagon with oxen and camped out all along the way.

  • 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.
  • I have found them at night in caves, barns, and once in a covered wagon.

    The Bird Study Book

    Thomas Gilbert Pearson
  • "They will come in a covered wagon," Mr. Ostrowski answered.

    Our Little Polish Cousin Florence E. Mendel
  • When I put it on I sort of reminded myself of a covered wagon.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • They conducted him to the street, where he saw a covered wagon in waiting.

    The Spy of the Rebellion Allan Pinkerton
  • Feudalism is a walled town; democracy is a ship at sea and a covered wagon.

    Proclaim Liberty! Gilbert Seldes
  • One with a large body and high sides, or a covered wagon, will answer.

    How to Camp Out

    John M. Gould
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 New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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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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