Definition of caboose in English:
1North American A railway wagon with accommodation for the train crew, typically attached to the end of the train.
- Pooled cabooses stayed with a train to final destination and the crew slept in a bunkhouse like the engine crews had always done.
- This is only worth noting because the train had a caboose, which is rarely seen these days.
- Michael and I also rode in one direction on the upper seats in the train's caboose.
2 archaic A kitchen on a ship’s deck.
- There was only one caboose for all the emigrants in common, but occasionally the ship's caboose was used in addition.
- The ship's caboose occupied a prominent position in the centre of the encampment; and a small well dug on one side proved that the most methodical attention had been paid by the commander to the comforts of his shipwrecked crew and passengers.
mid 18th century: from Dutch kabuis, kombuis, of unknown origin.
Definition of caboose in:
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