from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The last car on a freight train, having kitchen and sleeping facilities for the train crew.
- n. Obsolete A ship's galley.
- n. Obsolete Any of various cast-iron cooking ranges used in such galleys during the early 19th century.
- n. Obsolete An outdoor oven or fireplace.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small galley or cookhouse on the deck of a small vessel.
- n. The last car on a freight train, having cooking and sleeping facilities for the crew; a guard’s van.
- n. buttocks
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A house on deck, where the cooking is done; -- commonly called the galley.
- n. A car used on freight or construction trains as travelling quarters for brakemen, workmen, etc.; a tool car. It usually is the last car of the train.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The cook-room or kitchen on shipboard; a galley; specifically, the inclosed fireplace, hearth, or stove used for cooking on small vessels.
- n. A car for the use of the conductor, brakemen, etc., on a freight-train.
- n. An inclosed wagon for conveying workmen to mines.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the area for food preparation on a ship
- n. a car on a freight train for use of the train crew; usually the last car on the train
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)