noun[mass noun] North American • informal
- The wealthy clientele of a business: determined to pursue the carriage trade, she quickly established an old-girl networkMore example sentences
- Later, in 1883, it became a citrus farm, and finally in 1893 a holiday destination for the wealthy passengers of the East Coast carriage trade.
with reference to people who formerly would have been wealthy enough to maintain a private carriage.
More definitions of carriage tradeDefinition of carriage trade in:
- The US English dictionary