There are 2 main definitions of Pullman in English:

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Pullman 1

Pronunciation: /ˈpo͝olmən/

Entry from US English dictionary

A commercial city in southeastern Washington State, on the Palouse River, home to Washington State University; population 26,920 (est. 2008).
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There are 2 main definitions of Pullman in English:

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Pullman 2

Pronunciation: /ˈpʊlmən/

noun (plural Pullmans)

[usually as modifier]
1A railway carriage giving special comfort: a train of Pullman cars
More example sentences
  • The dining car waiters and Pullman porters knew it too, and they faked their Uncle Tomming to get bigger tips.
  • As part of that new expansion, the railroad was building a new depot at White Sulphur Springs and also rearranging the set-out tracks for Pullman cars there.
  • The boat trains and beautiful Pullman carriages are now replaced by the Eurostar.
1.1A train consisting of Pullman carriages.
Example sentences
  • Gner says that extra first-class capacity was needed on the 7.20 am service from Leeds so a 225 Pullman was introduced, but the train is unable to run on the Airedale line.
  • Only a council of a town founded on the locomotive industry could be so loco as to even think about pulling the Pullman service!
1.2 (also Pullman case) North American A large suitcase designed to fit under the seat in a Pullman carriage.
Example sentences
  • Still, at 10 cubic feet in size, the trunk will haul four 26-inch Pullman suitcases or a baby stroller.
  • The 28" Two Compartment Pullman Suitcase is the perfect fit for any frequent traveler.


Mid 19th century: named after George M. Pullman (1831–97), its American designer.

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