pony express


often capitalized P&E
: 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

pony express

often capitalized P&E
: a rapid postal system across the western U.S. in 1860–61 that operated by changing horses and riders along the way

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