The caboose of an old freight train.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- Naut., Brit. a ship's kitchen; galley
- ☆ the trainmen's car on a freight train, usually at the rear
Origin: Middle Dutch kabuys, kambuis (; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ), ship's galley
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- The last car on a freight train, having kitchen and sleeping facilities for the train crew.
- Obsolete a. A ship's galley.b. Any of various cast-iron cooking ranges used in such galleys during the early 19th century.c. An outdoor oven or fireplace.
Origin: 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.