stage·​coach | \ ˈstāj-ˌkōch How to pronounce stagecoach (audio) \

Definition of stagecoach

: a horse-drawn passenger and mail coach running on a regular schedule between established stops

Examples of stagecoach in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coach gun originated in England in the early 17th century, where the stagecoach originated, and where banditry soon followed. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Wild West Guns that Hollywood Forgot," 10 June 2020 The museum highlights Wells Fargo’s history in the Alaska Gold Rush era, including an almost-to-scale stagecoach. Katie Pesznecker, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s where to immerse yourself in arts and culture in Anchorage," 30 May 2020 Only four hours from the neon promise of Las Vegas, Ely’s roots began as a stagecoach stop and copper mining outpost. Melissa Etehadstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Nevada town lacked coronavirus news. A radio station came to the rescue," 14 Apr. 2020 Central to Wells Fargo’s early business model was the stagecoach, which became both a symbol of the company and a national icon. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "For Wells Fargo, history is an asset. And a useful distraction.," 9 Oct. 2019 Ten miles south, off the old Cheyenne–Deadwood stagecoach route, is one of the few monuments in the country that is dedicated to a saloon’s madam. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 No longer restricted to a railroad or stagecoach schedule, the automobile promised the freedom to go anywhere, any time. Larry Printz, Ars Technica, "Turn-by-turntables: How drivers got from point A to point B in the early 1900s," 6 Jan. 2020 Only a few years after the injury Gage began working in a New Hampshire livery stable, then moved to Chile to work as a stagecoach driver for seven years. Tim Requarth, Longreads, "The Final Five Percent," 22 Oct. 2019 Emily and her unwanted suitor board the train by way of stagecoach. Kristin Vartan,, "The Dickinson recap binge guide: Episodes 1-10," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of stagecoach

1658, in the meaning defined above

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“Stagecoach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stagecoach

: a large carriage pulled by horses that was used in the past to carry passengers and mail along a regular route


stage·​coach | \ ˈstāj-ˌkōch How to pronounce stagecoach (audio) \

Kids Definition of stagecoach

: a coach pulled by horses that runs on a schedule from place to place carrying passengers and mail

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