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 While ambulances have been given travel permits, the number of vehicles is low and many citizens live in villages with a patchy phone signal. Gabrielle Smith, CNN, "A transport ban in Uganda means women are trapped at home with their abusers," 15 May 2020 An ambulance brought him to the Jewish Home in San Francisco for rehab. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "When the coronavirus came to San Francisco’s Bayview, it attacked the heart of the historically black neighborhood: the elders," 15 May 2020 Saturated hospitals in Mexico City are turning people away, Reforma newspaper reported Wednesday, with ambulances and private cars arriving at emergency rooms only to be redirected elsewhere. Andrea Navarro,, "Mexico Risks ‘New Wave’ of Pandemic by Opening Economy Now," 15 May 2020 Six ambulances from Emery, Wayne, and Sevier counties are standing by on scene at the canyon located about 227 miles south of Salt Lake City. Fox News, "Flash flood in Utah canyon kills at least 1 person, search for unaccounted hikers continues," 12 May 2020 Around town, ambulances struggled to collect all those who never made it to the hospital and died at home., "Latin America’s outbreaks now rival Europe’s," 12 May 2020 In essence, the grant will reimburse the city for any ambulance costs so that neither the patient nor the city will be financially responsible. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Katy city council accepts COVID-19 relief grant," 12 May 2020 Sharp HealthCare, which owns Chula Vista’s largest hospital, had to turn away ambulances during... Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Coronavirus Crosses Borders, Causing Surge in California Community Near Mexico," 11 May 2020 Two big ticket items include replacement of a 10-year-old ambulance and a fire engine hit by a train., "Fairfield looks at parks, vehicles, equipment and road work in capital budget," 11 May 2020

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First Known Use of ambulance

1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ambulance

French, from (hôpital) ambulant, literally, ambulant field hospital, from ambulant itinerant, from Latin ambulant-, ambulans, present participle of ambulare

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The first known use of ambulance was in 1809

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Last Updated

20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ambulance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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