Definition of stagecoach in US English:



  • A large closed horse-drawn vehicle formerly used to carry passengers and often mail along a regular route between two places.

    • ‘The Tunis Ordinary was a popular rest stop for stagecoaches and wagons heading westward.’
    • ‘Though the Pony Express lost money, it blazed routes later traveled by stagecoaches carrying passengers, freight, and bullion - Wells Fargo's bread and butter.’
    • ‘The best seat inside a stagecoach is the one next to the driver… you will get less than half the bumps and jars than on any other seat.’
    • ‘As an alternative to the jolting stagecoach, the nine-hour boat journey from Edinburgh to Glasgow attracted up to 120,000 passengers a year.’
    • ‘Beginning in 1838, the federal government transferred the mails from stagecoaches to railroads.’
    • ‘It was the 19 th-century hangout of the city's tobacco lords and business classes, and the twice-weekly stagecoach to Edinburgh left from here.’
    • ‘My love for horses and deep appreciation for the history behind Wells Fargo's stagecoaches made the job a natural fit.’
    • ‘Indeed, during the 1830s and 1840s, the terms stagecoach and mail coach were interchangeable.’
    • ‘She talks about rifle-bearing troops escorting stagecoaches, bullock teams bringing wool down to the coast and families hiding their gold in deep mud.’
    • ‘The main bridge out of town to the north, it carried stagecoaches between Carlisle and Kendal, and even Bonnie Prince Charlie's army in 1745, says Mr Marsh.’
    • ‘Some 700 Royal Mail coaches and more than 3,000 stagecoaches crisscrossed the country.’
    • ‘Although railroads made the stagecoaches, freight wagons, and steamboats unprofitable and obsolete, virtually no one mourned the passing of these conveyances.’
    • ‘The town's history is tied closely to the routes traveled by stagecoaches and the extension of railroads.’
    • ‘The iron rimmed wheels of the stagecoach threw a plume of fine dust high up in the air, and the boxy, badly sprung vehicle jounced and bounced on the rutted, hard packed earth that made up the last mile of the road.’
    • ‘Straight after breakfast we checked out of the inn, and soon enough I found myself boarding a stagecoach heading west along the coast.’
    • ‘Frink apparently determined that stagecoaches were once again being overtaken by newer, more efficient railroad technology just as they had previously in New York, because he decided to diversify.’
    • ‘Between 1843 and 1852, for example, the Paris-Orleans company transported stagecoaches on trains.’
    • ‘He listened to Hop Sing telling him about the events between Judd and Davy, about the stagecoach coming into town and Hoss returning home with the news that plague had broken out on the Ponderosa.’
    • ‘After spending the previous afternoon listening to Pa and the other men discussing boring contract details, there was a long delay in the stagecoach leaving this morning.’
    • ‘Finally, Frink and Walker's stage routes also helped lay the groundwork for the rail network that quickly superseded stagecoaches as the region's primary means of mass transportation.’