What does caboose mean?

caboose meaning in General Dictionary

a home on deck in which the cooking is done frequently called the galley

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  • the region for cooking on a ship
  • a car on a freight train for use associated with the train team; often the final automobile from the train
  • a home on deck, where the cooking is performed; -- generally known as the galley.
  • an automobile used on cargo or construction trains for brakemen, workmen, etc.; something car.

caboose meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1747, "ship's cookhouse," from center Dutch kambuis "ship's galley," from reasonable German kabhuse "wooden cabin on ship's deck;" most likely a compound whose elements correspond to English cabin and residence (n.). Railroading sense is through 1859.