am·​bu·​lance | \ ˈam-byə-lən(t)s How to pronounce ambulance (audio) , -bə- also -ˌlan(t)s \

Definition of ambulance

: a vehicle equipped for transporting the injured or sick

Examples of ambulance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They are painted in a different color than traditional Ukraine ambulances, due to the fact that the average life of an ambulance in Ukraine is one week. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 5 Aug. 2022 In the ambulance on the way to the hospital, the medics also began to feel ill: sore throats, irritated eyes, and hypersalivation. Chris Baraniuk, Wired, 16 July 2022 Noe was rushed to the hospital, but Stephanie wasn’t allowed to ride with him in the ambulance, out of fear of infection. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 13 July 2022 Police said life-saving attempts continued in the ambulance en route to the hospital. Hartford Courant, 10 July 2022 Getting its start in mainstream medicine beginning in the 1960s as an anesthetic for wounded soldiers in Viet Nam, the drug’s usage eventually evolved into one administered by first responders to calm erratic patients in the ambulance. Ronit Molko, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The two paramedics in the ambulance were transporting a patient at the time of the accident. Clifford Ward, Chicago Tribune, 17 May 2022 After the shooting, Adela rode with Blancornelas in the ambulance. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Apr. 2022 Tyler Packer, also an EMT, was a passenger in the ambulance and remained hospitalized. Brock Blasdell, The Arizona Republic, 16 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ambulance

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ambulance

earlier, "mobile medical facility following troops in the field, corps of surgeons and assistants caring for wounded soldiers in the field," borrowed from French, from ambulant "mobile, itinerant" (borrowed from Latin ambulant-, ambulans, present participle of ambulāre "to go on foot, travel") + -ance -ance — more at amble entry 1

Note: As a name for a vehicle, in part short for ambulance wag(g)on and other collocations, probably after French wagon-ambulance, voiture d'ambulance, etc.

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15 Aug 2022

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“Ambulance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for ambulance


am·​bu·​lance | \ ˈam-byə-ləns How to pronounce ambulance (audio) \

Kids Definition of ambulance

: a vehicle used to carry a sick or injured person


am·​bu·​lance | \ ˈam-b(y)ə-lən(t)s also -ˌlan(t)s \

Medical Definition of ambulance

: a vehicle equipped for transporting the injured or sick

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