- 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
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- US and Canadian a large wagon with an arched canvas top, used formerly for prairie travel
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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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