from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A four-wheeled carriage with two seats and a standing top.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A light, low, four-wheeled carriage with standing top, open at the sides, but with waterproof curtains for bad weather.
- n. A similar but heavier carriage, enclosed except at the front, and with a door at each side.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Formerly, a light, low, four-wheeled carriage, with standing top, open at the sides, but having waterproof curtains which could be let down when occasion required; now, a somewhat similar, but heavier, carriage, inclosed, except in front, and having a door at each side.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A four-wheeled pleasure-carriage with two or three seats (each for two persons) and a standing top. It is a distinctly American type of vehicle.
Probably after Rockaway, a town of northern New Jersey.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from Rockaway Beach, where they were used. From the Lenape lekawe ("sandy place") or a Munsee cognate of that word. (Wiktionary)