a car on a freight train, used chiefly as the crew's quarters and usually attached to the rear of the train.
British. a kitchen on the deck of a ship; galley.
Slang. the buttocks.

1740–50; < early modern Dutch cabūse (Dutch kabuis) ship's galley, storeroom; compare Low German kabuus, kabüse, Middle Low German kabuse booth, shed; further origin uncertain Unabridged
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caboose (kəˈbuːs)
1.  informal (US) short for calaboose
2.  (US), (Canadian) railways a guard's van, esp one with sleeping and eating facilities for the train crew
3.  nautical
 a.  a deckhouse for a galley aboard ship or formerly in Canada, on a lumber raft
 b.  chiefly (Brit) the galley itself
4.  (Canadian)
 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]

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Word Origin & History

1747, "ship's cookhouse," from M.Du. kambuis "ship's galley," from Low Ger. kabhuse "wooden cabin on ship's deck;" probably a compound whose elements correspond to English cabin and house. Railroading sense is by 1859.
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Example sentences
But the real surprise is that this caboose cash-in was made so well, unlike its
  imported predecessors.
Kids can enjoy a working video arcade inside a train caboose on the campgrounds.
Caboose trains are a way for families to take the kids for a short train ride
  on specific dates throughout the season.
When train length permits, placarded car may not be nearer than the sixth car
  from the engine or occupied caboose.
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