Definition of day coach in US English:

day coach


  • 1A horse-drawn passenger coach that travels by day, especially one that makes a journey in a single day. Compare night coach. Now historical.

  • 2A standard railway passenger carriage, especially as distinguished from a sleeper.

  • 3In extended use: an aeroplane with seating like that in a railway carriage, providing an economical daytime service for a large number of passengers. Frequently attributive Compare "coach". Now rare.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in Gazetteer & New Daily Advertiser. From day + coach.


day coach

/ˈdeɪ ˌkəʊtʃ/