Definition of caboose in English:


Line breaks: ca|boose
Pronunciation: /kəˈbuːs


  • 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.


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

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