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

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of caboose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Those who want to stay overnight can sleep in the railway’s bunkhouse or train caboose for $60 a night. Jay Jones,, "Nevada’s Star Train takes visitors into the dark on a stargazing adventure," 3 July 2019 The caboose model will feature an O-scale train, which is slightly larger. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball to unveil model railroads that depict its history," 7 July 2018 The next day, the rail company's cabooses were draped in mourning, the article said. Kelly Kazek,, "Scenes from Goodwater: Tiny town was once busy rail hub," 11 Jan. 2018 The museum grounds also include a Southern Pacific caboose. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "A quiet place to meet old La Porte," 10 July 2018 The property is made up of multiple train cabooses that have been retrofitted with beds and bathrooms, and a 3-room farmhouse, with rates starting at $116 per night. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "Yes, It Is Possible to Take a Family Trip That Feels Like a Vacation," 4 June 2018 In Wilton, a caboose serves as a resting spot and source of information on the small town that bills itself as the heart of the trail. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "3 old railroad tunnels help make the Elroy-Sparta Trail one of the state's most popular," 21 June 2018 There are various scale model trains in action and visitors can step onboard a 1942 steam engine, a 1922 Pullman dining car, a 1975 boxcar and a 1950 caboose. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 The locomotive, caboose and 1895 Depot museum have artifacts for the pioneering founders of the community who first arrived in 1810. 'sam' Boyer/special To,, "Dandelion Drive is a chance to learn area history and have fun," 13 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'caboose.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about caboose

Statistics for caboose

Last Updated

7 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for caboose

The first known use of caboose was in 1732

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for caboose



English Language Learners Definition of caboose

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


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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on caboose

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with caboose

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for caboose

Spanish Central: Translation of caboose

Nglish: Translation of caboose for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about caboose

Comments on caboose

What made you want to look up caboose? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


an act or instance of editing or removing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!