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[poo l-muh n] /ˈpʊl mən/
plural Pullmans. a railroad sleeping car or parlor car.
noun, plural Pullmans for 2.
(often lowercase). Also called Pullman case. a large suitcase.
George Mortimer, 1831–97, U.S. inventor and railroad car designer.


[poo l-muh n] /ˈpʊl mən/
a city in SE Washington. Unabridged
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  • Commissioner Wright: "What was the feeling of the employes toward Mr. Pullman previous to the strike?"

    The Pullman Boycott W. F. Burns
  • Acquaintances are quickly made and as quickly ended in a Pullman.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • He does some painting himself when he travels in his Pullman in the Rockies.

    At The Sign Of The Eagle Gilbert Parker
  • Hilary plunged into the open entrance of the Pullman Building.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • There was Lewis, for instance, who was just going into the Pullman with Robertson, the banker.

    Skinner's Dress Suit Henry Irving Dodge
  • She had liked the Pullman and the dining-car and the Boston hotel.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The success of the Pullman car necessarily brought competition.

  • His equanimity restored he went to the Pullman conductor and applied for a berth.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • On the left, folding up into the concavity of the wall, like the upper berth of a Pullman sleeping car, was my bunk.

    Pharaoh's Broker Ellsworth Douglass
British Dictionary definitions for Pullman


noun (pl) -mans
a luxurious railway coach, esp a sleeping car Also called Pullman car
Word Origin
C19: named after George M. Pullman (1831–97), the US inventor who first manufactured such coaches


Philip. born 1946, British author. Writing primarily for older children, he is best known for the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials (1997–2000)
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Word Origin and History for Pullman

sleeping car on a passenger train, 1867, Pullman car, in recognition of U.S. inventor George M. Pullman (1831-1897) of Chicago, who designed a railroad car with folding berths.

The Pullman Sleeping Car.--"The Western World." This splendid specimen of car architecture, being one of a number of sleeping-cars to be completed for the Michigan Central road, by Mr. Pullman, has created a great sensation among railway circles east. ... The car itself is admitted by all who have seen it to be, in the matter of sleeping and cooking accessories, and superb finish, the ne plus ultra of perfection. Nothing before has been seen to equal, much less surpass it. ["Western Railroad Gazette," Chicago, quoted in "Appleton's Illustrated Railway and Steam Navigation Guide," New York, June, 1867]

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