[ pool-muhn ]

  1. plural Pull·mans. a railroad sleeping car or parlor car.

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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Other definitions for Pullman (2 of 2)

[ pool-muhn ]

  1. a city in SE Washington.

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How to use Pullman in a sentence

  • The president of the Montgomery NAACP, Pullman porter E. D. Nixon, saw an opportunity.

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  • Then he goes out, gits into his Pullman section, blows his punkin whistle and departs.

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  • Are not Pullman cars, hotels, and theatres operating under licenses or charters insuring equal opportunities for all?

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  • The sure-enough, knock-out round was fought at the rear end of our Pullman, which happened to be the last car in the train.

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  • Braceway went back to the Pullman and rejoined Bristow, who was waiting for him in the stateroom.

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  • Telephone the Pullman ticket office and change my berth reservation from the ten-thirty to the one o'clock train.

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British Dictionary definitions for Pullman (1 of 2)


/ (ˈpʊlmən) /

nounplural -mans
  1. a luxurious railway coach, esp a sleeping car: Also called: Pullman car

Origin of Pullman

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

British Dictionary definitions for Pullman (2 of 2)


/ (ˈpʃulmən) /

  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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