Definition of caboose in English:

caboose

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Pronunciation: /kəˈbuːs
 
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noun

  • 1North American A railway wagon with accommodation for the train crew, typically attached to the end of the train.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Dutch kabuis, kombuis, of unknown origin.

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