Definitions for caboosekəˈbus

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a car on a freight train, used chiefly as the crew's quarters and usu. attached to the rear of the train.

    Category: Railroads

  2. a ship's galley.

    Category: British, Navy

Origin of caboose:

1740–50; < early modern D cabūse (D kabuis) ship's galley

Princeton's WordNet

  1. galley, ship's galley, caboose, cookhouse(noun)

    the area for food preparation on a ship

  2. cabin car, caboose(noun)

    a car on a freight train for use of the train crew; usually the last car on the train


  1. caboose(Noun)

    A small galley or cookhouse on the deck of a small vessel.

  2. caboose(Noun)

    The last car on a freight train, having cooking and sleeping facilities for the crew; a guardu2019s van.

  3. caboose(Noun)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Caboose(noun)

    a house on deck, where the cooking is done; -- commonly called the galley

  2. Caboose(noun)

    a car used on freight or construction trains for brakemen, workmen, etc.; a tool car


  1. Caboose

    A caboose is a manned American rail transport vehicle coupled at the end of a freight train. Cabooses were once used on nearly every freight train. Until the 1980s, laws in the United States and Canada required all freight trains to have a caboose and a full crew, for safety. Technology eventually advanced such that the railroads, in an effort to save money and reduce crew members, stated that a caboose was unnecessary and their use has since declined; they are seldom seen on trains, except on locals and smaller railroads.


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