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1. The last car on a freight train, often having kitchen and sleeping facilities for the train crew, and used as a vantage point for spotting problems on the train, such as smoking brakes or the separation of cars. The introduction of electronic sensors has made the caboose unnecessary.
2. Archaic
a. A ship's galley.
b. Any of various cast-iron cooking ranges used in such galleys during the early 1800s.
c. An outdoor oven or fireplace.

[Possibly from obsolete Dutch cabuse, ship's galley, from Middle Low German kabūse : perhaps *kab-, cabin; akin to Old French cabane; see cabin + Middle High German hūs, house.]


1. informal US short for calaboose
2. (Railways) railways US and Canadian a guard's van, esp one with sleeping and eating facilities for the train crew
3. (Nautical Terms) nautical
a. a deckhouse for a galley aboard ship or, formerly in Canada, on a lumber raft
b. chiefly Brit the galley itself
a. a mobile bunkhouse used by lumbermen, etc
b. an insulated cabin on runners, equipped with a stove
[C18: from Dutch cabūse, of unknown origin]



1. a car on a freight train, used chiefly as the crew's quarters and usu. attached to the rear of the train.
2. a ship's galley.
[1740–50; < early modern Dutch cabūse (Dutch kabuis) ship's galley]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caboose - the area for food preparation on a ship
cuddy - the galley or pantry of a small ship
kitchen - a room equipped for preparing meals
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
2.caboose - a car on a freight train for use of the train crewcaboose - a car on a freight train for use of the train crew; usually the last car on the train
railcar, railroad car, railway car, car - a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad; "three cars had jumped the rails"
freight train, rattler - a railroad train consisting of freight cars


[kəˈbuːs] N (US) → furgón m de cola


(Naut) → Kombüse f
(US Rail) → Dienstwagen m
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By this accident we lost three men overboard with the caboose, and nearly the whole of the larboard bulwarks.
Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards and hovering in the rigging of great ships; fog drooping on the gunwales of barges and small boats.
Dima, along with his wife have co-owned Bellisimo Europen Day Spa in the Tatnuck area of Worcester since 1986, prior to joining his wife in business he was a successful small business owner of Alexandra Cab Corporation and Caboose Incorporated located at Spags in Shrewsbury.
He sees something fall off the caboose of the circus train and winds up rescuing a charming child clown in costume.
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See the old caboose just outside the station, and take a few minutes off to relax in the beautiful gazebo and visit Knabusch Park, where weddings, concerts, and other social events are held in a quiet green space in the middle of town.
The new outlet offers the same calm setting as the other two establishments (the original Tea Chai Te is located in a Victorian house on NW 23th Ave, and the second location is in a historic 1920 red caboose in SE Sellwood).
After a scenic ride, passengers can hike nearby trails lined with redwoods and then kick their feet up at the Chuckwagon Barbeque or Red Caboose restaurant for a hearty serving of Americana.
Our caboose will be bristling with scientific instruments, for Nasa, for the European Space Agency," the Daily Mail quoted Fiennes, as saying.
Our caboose will be bristling with scientific instruments for NASA and the European Space Agency.
The view from a caboose provides an alternative perspective to that provided by the pristine national park.