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 She was taken by ambulance to the parking lot of a nearby Wal-Mart., "Two women injured in head-on crash on Route 138 in Raynham," 8 May 2021 Doctors gave steroids for the baby’s lungs and heart in case he was born immediately, then transported her by ambulance to AdventHealth Orlando. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles outfielder Austin Hays and wife, Samantha, cherishing first mother’s day with ‘miracle baby’ Levi," 8 May 2021 The rider was then taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Carol Robinson |, al, "Injured horseback rider airlifted out of Oak Mountain State Park," 7 May 2021 Harry’s knocked unconscious and carted off by an ambulance, but his injuries prove minor. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Four Rarities from the TCM Festival," 7 May 2021 He was left sitting in nothing but his tub and was quickly extracted from the car, placed on a stretcher with a brace around his neck and taken by ambulance to the hospital. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "'My long-term goals haven't changed': Robert Wickens runs laps in IMSA car after Pocono crash," 4 May 2021 Officials said 11 people were taken by ambulance to nearby hospitals. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, "Birthday party horror: 11 hurt, 2 critical in Tennessee restaurant deck collapse," 2 May 2021 Two were taken to Regions Hospital by ambulance, and a third was transported by a private vehicle. Katie Galioto, Star Tribune, "Seven injured overnight in three separate St. Paul shootings," 2 May 2021 McGhee was taken by air ambulance to Southeast Health in Dothan after a passerby found a sedan containing the bodies of Remona Hudson and two children, all from Cuthbert, Georgia, in Lake Eufaula early Monday. Fox News, "Alabama man charged in deaths of 3 people found in submerged car," 28 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of ambulance was in 1825

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11 May 2021

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“Ambulance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ambulance

: a vehicle used for taking hurt or sick people to the hospital especially in emergencies


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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