- plural Pull·mans. a railroad sleeping car or parlor car.
- (often lowercase) Also called Pullman case. a large suitcase.
- George Mortimer,1831–97, U.S. inventor and railroad car designer.
- a city in SE Washington.
Examples from the Web for pullman
The president of the Montgomery NAACP, Pullman porter E. D. Nixon, saw an opportunity.How Rock and Roll Killed Jim Crow
October 26, 2014
Acquaintances are quickly made and as quickly ended in a Pullman.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Hilary plunged into the open entrance of the Pullman Building.Slaves of Mercury
She had liked the Pullman and the dining-car and the Boston hotel.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
His equanimity restored he went to the Pullman conductor and applied for a berth.Mixed Faces
He is working at the Pullman Shops, making twice as much as he did at home.Negro Migration during the War
Emmett J. Scott
- a luxurious railway coach, esp a sleeping carAlso called: Pullman car
- Philip . born 1946, British author. Writing primarily for older children, he is best known for the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials (1997–2000)
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]