wagon train

noun

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 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 The museum showcases the history of the city and that of the Murphy family, who settled in what would become Sunnyvale in 1849 after successfully crossing the Sierra Nevada by wagon train. Katharina Woodman, The Mercury News, "Sunnyvale museum celebrates first decade, plus one," 20 Sep. 2019 Roy is something of a Man With No Name, a lonesome cowboy on a wagon train through the stars who runs into an assortment of intriguing people along the way. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ad Astra Is a Deeply Human Tale Set Amid the Stars," 18 Sep. 2019 The West is a saga of God and commerce, homesteaders and cowboys, politicians and opportunists, wagon trains and slaughtered natives, grizzlies and coyotes, and mesas, buttes and gorges. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The American West is dying. Christopher Ketcham’s ‘This Land’ is a rallying cry to save it," 26 July 2019 There were women on the Mayflower and on the first wagon trains west, working alongside the men to forge new trails to new vistas. Amber Jorgenson, Discover Magazine, "Meet the Mercury 13: Women Fight for Spaceflight," 20 May 2019 Lusich said the entire family would later move Nixon to Florida, forming a wagon train of vehicles that traveled across Interstate 10. CBS News, "Memorial services begin for 12 victims of Virginia Beach shooting," 6 June 2019 To some extent, the wagon train is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Kyle Stock, The Seattle Times, "Richer Americans are skipping SUVs for station wagons," 7 Jan. 2019 Giant video screens project images of buffalo running, and wagon trains moving through a backdrop of mountains and open range. Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of wagon train

1810, in the meaning defined above

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17 Dec 2019

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“Wagon train.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wagon%20train. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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wagon train

noun

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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