Definition of Conestoga wagon in English:

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Conestoga wagon

Pronunciation: /ˌkänəˈstōɡə ˌwaɡən/


North American historical
A large covered wagon used for long-distance travel, typically carrying pioneers in the westward migration.
Example sentences
  • An 1895 trap carriage and a Conestoga wagon on a short stretch of plank road bracket a homemade airplane.
  • We no longer need bur oak groves to act as safety nets for Conestoga wagons heading west.
  • There were primitives, like a neat stair saw dated 1808, a Conestoga wagon jack, and the earliest lawn mower ever.


Early 18th century: named after Conestoga, a town in Pennsylvania.

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Syllabification: Con·es·to·ga wag·on

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