Definition of carriage trade in English:

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carriage trade

noun

[mass noun] North American informal
The wealthy clientele of a business: determined to pursue the carriage trade, she quickly established an old-girl network
More 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.

Origin

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

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