pony express

noun, often capitalized P&E

Definition of pony express

: a rapid postal and express system that operated across the western U.S. in 1860–61 by relays of horses and riders

Examples of pony express in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During its long history, the Postal Service has delivered the mail by pony express, mule train, float planes, ferry boats, motorcycles, skis, hovercrafts, and pneumatic tubes. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "We Can’t Afford to Lose the Postal Service," 2 May 2020 Prodded by anxious refugees, as well as by local residents who had relatives and friends in other parts of the world, CBers tried to set up a relay system on the lines of an electronic pony express. Nan Randall, The Atlantic, "'Charlottesville': A Government-Commissioned Story About Nuclear War," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of pony express

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pony express was in 1847

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“Pony express.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pony%20express. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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pony express

noun, often capitalized P&E

Kids Definition of pony express

: a rapid postal system that operated across the western United States in 1860–61 by changing horses and riders along the way

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