a type of very comfortable coach/car on a train See related entries: Trains Culture A Pullman carriage often has beds for passengers to sleep in during journeys at night. It was developed by George Pullman (1831-1901) who built the Pioneer Sleeping Car in 1863 and formed the Pullman Palace Car Company in 1867. From 1985, British Rail applied the name 'Pullman' to its first-class carriages serving meals, drinks, etc. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: named after George M. Pullman (1831–97), its American designer.