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carriage trade Syllabification: car·riage trade

Definition of carriage trade in English:


North American informal
The wealthy clientele of a business.
Example sentences
  • First, doing so would raise prices, restricting flight to the carriage trade.
  • Perhaps it was because of the venue where he performed (and the carriage trade he attracted).


With reference to people who formerly would have been wealthy enough to maintain a private carriage.

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