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.

Origin of prairie schooner

First recorded in 1835–45
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Related Words for prairie schooner

stagecoach

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Historical Examples of prairie schooner

  • 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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