wagon train


Definition of wagon train

: a column of wagons (as of supplies for a group of settlers) traveling overland

Examples of wagon train in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Twenty years earlier, in the 1840s, citizens in Westminster had decided that the town would be more than a county seat and a wagon train stop on the turnpike west. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Dayhoff: New Westminster train station opened Dec. 26, 1895," 25 Dec. 2020 That the Bundys have a direct line to God is not surprising for a family descended from a participant of the infamous 1850s Mountain Meadows Massacre, in which Mormon zealots dressed as Indians murdered the members of a wagon train. Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post, "Three regional books to keep you occupied while homebound during the coronavirus outbreak," 20 Mar. 2020 Unlike most of Mobile’s mystic societies, whose parades are characterized by elaborate costumes and grandiose themed floats, the Cowboys hit the streets in a wagon train of small, basic trailers. al, "Mobile’s Comic Cowboys: Boeing flies unfriendly skies," 25 Feb. 2020 Later, Kate retrieves her dead lover’s body and the wagon train continues west. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 The wagon train with all his supplies and baggage—including, crucially, the king’s treasury—sank without a trace. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Royal Treasures, Lost and Found," 23 Jan. 2020 Maggie and her daughter join 43 other women and embark on the punishing 2,000-mile trek across the continent by wagon train, through the high plains, mountains and desert. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, "Listen up! Our critic picks three new audiobooks for your playlist.," 21 Jan. 2020 The Indians attack the wagon train and, eventually, Clyde surrenders. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 Costumed instructors demonstrate daily life for settlers and lead various family activities, including an exploration of pioneers’ cabin homes, an imaginary wagon train and craft time. Web Behrens, chicagotribune.com, "15 things to do in the Chicago area with the kids Nov. 18-24," 17 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of wagon train

1810, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wagon train was in 1810

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9 Jan 2021

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“Wagon train.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wagon%20train. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wagon train

: a long line of wagons traveling together over land especially : a line of wagons traveling west in the U.S. during the 1800s

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