Definition of carriage trade in US English:

carriage trade


North American
  • The wealthy clientele of a business.

    • ‘Perhaps it was because of the venue where he performed (and the carriage trade he attracted).’
    • ‘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.’


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