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prairie schooner

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noun
  1. a type of covered wagon, similar to but smaller than the Conestoga wagon, used by pioneers in crossing the prairies and plains of North America.
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Origin of prairie schooner

First recorded in 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for prairie schooner

Historical Examples

  • Existence is only a prairie-schooner, and we have to accommodate ourselves to it.

    The Prairie Child

    Arthur Stringer

  • If they went at all it was in a prairie-schooner or on horseback.

  • They had got hold of a canvas-covered wagon, of the type of the old "prairie-schooner."

  • On the back of one of these lots stood a tumble-down wooden building, and hidden away in this building was the prairie-schooner.

    The Prairie Child

    Arthur Stringer

  • Then he strode away and proceeded to dress on the other side of the prairie-schooner, without so much as a second look at us.

    The Prairie Child

    Arthur Stringer


British Dictionary definitions for prairie schooner

prairie schooner

noun
  1. mainly US a horse-drawn covered wagon similar to but smaller than a Conestoga wagon, used in the 19th century to cross the prairies of North America
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