[breyk-muh n]

noun, plural brake·men.

a railroad worker who assists the conductor in the operation of a train.

Origin of brakeman

First recorded in 1825–35; brake1 + -man Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brakeman

Historical Examples of brakeman

  • By and by the brakeman shouted to the signalman in the gray silence of the morning.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • At this moment entered a brakeman with a can of condensed milk.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • For ten minutes Brakeman Joe lies insensible and motionless, just as he fell.

    Cab and Caboose

    Kirk Munroe

  • He felt satisfied that they had, in some way, disposed of Brakeman Joe.

    Cab and Caboose

    Kirk Munroe

  • In spite of his bewilderment, however, his years of training as a brakeman were not forgotten.

    Cab and Caboose

    Kirk Munroe

British Dictionary definitions for brakeman


noun plural -men

US and Canadian a crew member of a goods or passenger train. His duties include controlling auxiliary braking power and inspecting the train
the person at the back of a two- or four-man bobsleigh, who operates the brake
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