Definition of Conestoga wagon in US English:

Conestoga wagon

noun

North American
historical
  • A large covered wagon used for long-distance travel, typically carrying pioneers in the westward migration.

    • ‘There were primitives, like a neat stair saw dated 1808, a Conestoga wagon jack, and the earliest lawn mower ever.’
    • ‘What you need is a smaller version of the old Conestoga wagon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Along the eastern seaboard of what is now the United States carting provided the most common form of transport, as the development of the Conestoga wagon attested.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Conestoga wagon

/ˌkänəˈstōɡə ˌwaɡən/