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  1. plural Pull·mans. a railroad sleeping car or parlor car.
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noun, plural Pull·mans for 2.
  1. (often lowercase) Also called Pullman case. a large suitcase.
  2. George Mortimer,1831–97, U.S. inventor and railroad car designer.
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[poo l-muh n]
  1. a city in SE Washington.
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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.

British Dictionary definitions for pullman


noun plural -mans
  1. a luxurious railway coach, esp a sleeping carAlso called: Pullman car
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Word Origin

C19: named after George M. Pullman (1831–97), the US inventor who first manufactured such coaches


  1. 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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