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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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  • 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 Nat Schachner
  • 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 Roy Norton
  • He is working at the Pullman Shops, making twice as much as he did at home.

  • It was the only solid Pullman train that passed over the division.

  • You want a first-class Pullman car reserved for each two of you.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage Jerome K. Jerome
  • But the name of Pullman is destined to long remain a synonym of philanthropy.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis
  • And with that he swung aboard the Pullman car with his heavy suitcase.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
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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