Definition of stagecoach noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsteɪdʒkəʊtʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsteɪdʒkoʊtʃ//
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a large carriage pulled by horses, that was used in the past to carry passengers, and often mail, along a regular route Culture Each place where the stagecoach stopped was called a stage. Stagecoaches usually carried up to eight passengers and sometimes also mail, etc. The driver sat outside. In the US West, stagecoaches were sometimes attacked by Native Americans or robbers. For this reason, a man with a gun often sat next to the driver. This was called 'riding shotgun', and Americans still sometimes call the front passenger's seat in a car the 'shotgun seat'. compare Conestoga wagonExtra examples Stagecoaches were often attacked by robbers and bandits. They travelled by stagecoach as far as York. Travel by stagecoach was uncomfortable and often hazardous.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stagecoach