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

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Examples of caboose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The compound, which contains eight vintage trailers, a boat, a caboose and a cabin, was set up by an L.A. writer and director in 2010 as a place to work on films. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2021 What's more: Business class is also usually located in the caboose, so you won't be bothered by passengers wandering through, looking for the café car. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 July 2021 Uncommon accommodations: Snooze in a caboose, a yacht, a wigwam or a swanky tent., 4 June 2021 Over four years beginning in 2015, Green-Wood Cemetery, a national historic landmark, was awarded three grants from the borough president’s capital fund, totaling $907,000, for an education center and a new trolley and caboose. New York Times, 16 May 2021 American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on Thursday hopped onto the caboose that has already left the station. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 13 May 2021 Snooze in a caboose, a yacht, a wigwam or a swanky tent. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2021 Ole Caboose burger joint, a red doublewide trailer with a railroad caboose attached. Phillip Valys,, 20 Apr. 2021 Dispatchers clear the tracks but not before the runaway crashes through the caboose of another train as the latter attempted to pull onto a siding. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of caboose was in 1732

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3 Aug 2021

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“Caboose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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

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