ca·​boose | \ kə-ˈbüs How to pronounce caboose (audio) \

Definition of caboose

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

Examples of caboose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her new 1,000-square-foot home came with two bedrooms and a sort of caboose that makes a third. Sarah Medford, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2022 The 2021 event helped the Lodi Railroad Museum secure a Norfolk & Northern caboose. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 6 Aug. 2022 Dating back to the 1920s and ’30s, the convoy has been meticulously restored and now includes 12 sleeping cars, one restaurant and one caboose. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 9 Aug. 2022 East Dundee Village Board members agreed this week to spend $28,000 to repair the train caboose anchoring the downtown district but some questioned whether the village should continue as its landlord once the current tenant lease expires. Gloria Casas, Chicago Tribune, 21 July 2022 The depot is the former train station in town along with its red caboose on Garfield Avenue. cleveland, 15 Apr. 2022 Finally, there are the caboose cars, those who are willing to follow, but not necessarily be highly involved in the venture. Sam Kmack, The Arizona Republic, 7 July 2022 The beautiful campus holds a lot of history and beautiful structures—even a real-life train caboose. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 13 June 2022 Rebecca saw William in her mind’e eye as her guide on the imaginary train in her mind, acting as the person who brought her back to the caboose in a nod to the start of the sixth and final season and the end of Rebecca’s metaphorical line. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of caboose

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for caboose

probably from Dutch kabuis, kombuis, from Middle Low German kabūse

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“Caboose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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ca·​boose | \ kə-ˈbüs How to pronounce caboose (audio) \

Kids Definition of caboose

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

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