- 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.
Origin of prairie schooner
First recorded in 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for prairie schooner
Existence is only a prairie-schooner, and we have to accommodate ourselves to it.
If they went at all it was in a prairie-schooner or on horseback.The Strength of the Pines
They had got hold of a canvas-covered wagon, of the type of the old "prairie-schooner."They Call Me Carpenter
On the back of one of these lots stood a tumble-down wooden building, and hidden away in this building was the prairie-schooner.
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.
- 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