The caboose of an old freight train.
- Naut., Brit. a ship's kitchen; galley
- ☆ the trainmen's car on a freight train, usually at the rear
Origin of cabooseMiddle Dutch kabuys, kambuis (; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ), ship's galley
- 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.
- Obsolete 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.
Origin of caboosePossibly 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.