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.
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How to use covered wagon in a sentence
Take your motorized covered wagon on this 144-mile trek across western Nebraska, a route made popular by pioneers.
Her father, Lloyd, was the son of a farmer whose ancestors had arrived in Oregon by covered wagon in the mid-1800s.Beverly Cleary, beloved author who chronicled schoolyard scrapes and feisty kids, dies at 104 | Harrison Smith, Becky Krystal | March 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Our national symbol may be the bald eagle but it might as well be the moving van—or, previously, the covered wagon.
Polly grew very tired of the hot sun blazing down on the close-covered wagon, and of the dust raised by the long wagon-train.Stories of California | Ella M. Sexton
In 1861, however, they started for the Pacific coast in a covered wagon drawn by mules and at length reached Walla Walla.Lyman's History of old Walla Walla County, Vol. 2 (of 2) | William Denison Lyman
For five years they continued in that state and then crossed the plains in 1862 with team and covered wagon.Lyman's History of old Walla Walla County, Vol. 2 (of 2) | William Denison Lyman
They actually went in a covered wagon to Ohio for it and hauled it home, all silver, in a box.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail | Ezra Meeker
He had been feverish for several days, and for that reason had ridden in a covered wagon.From Farm House to the White House | William M. Thayer
British Dictionary definitions for covered wagon
US and Canadian a large wagon with an arched canvas top, used formerly for prairie travel
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Cultural definitions for covered wagon
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.
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