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noun ca·boose \kə-ˈbüs\

: a part of a train that is attached at the back end and is used by people who work on the train

Full Definition of CABOOSE

:  a ship's galley
:  a freight-train car attached usually to the rear mainly for the use of the train crew
:  one that follows or brings up the rear
:  buttocks

Examples of CABOOSE

  1. <a 1950s sex symbol who was famous for swinging her caboose as she walked>

Origin of CABOOSE

probably from Dutch kabuis, kombuis, from Middle Low German kabūse
First Known Use: 1732

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CABOOSE Defined for Kids


noun ca·boose \kə-ˈbüs\

Definition of CABOOSE for Kids

:  a car usually at the rear of a freight train for the use of the train crew

Word History of CABOOSE

Caboose is now a railroading word, but its origins lie at sea. When it first appeared in English, in the 1700s, caboose referred to a kitchen—or in sailors' language, a galley—on a ship used in trading. (A train's caboose serves the needs of the crew, just as the galley of a ship does.) The ship's caboose was at first a sort of cabin enclosing a cooking fire on the ship's deck. Caboose was borrowed from Dutch kabuis or kombuis, perhaps a compound word with huis, house, as its second part.


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