One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounNorth American
The wealthy clientele of a business.‘determined to pursue the carriage trade, she quickly established an old-girl network’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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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