fire engine


: a usually mobile apparatus for directing an extinguishing agent upon fires
especially : fire truck

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The family gatherings in the driveway wandered closer to the street as the fire engine – with Santa -- approached their houses. cleveland, 28 Nov. 2022 The Tesla driver who died after ramming into the back of a fire engine in Contra Costa County over the weekend has been identified by authorities. Joel Umanzor, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Feb. 2023 Santa will wave to youngsters from 1 to 4 p.m. as a fire engine drives him around town. cleveland, 13 Nov. 2022 This year, Mulcahy said, the village plans to accept delivery of a new ambulance for the fire department and to begin the process of purchasing a new fire engine. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 12 Jan. 2023 As many as 20 vehicles had been abandoned on the roadway while 3 feet of fresh snow fell overnight, slowing the fire engine and ambulance response. Scott Sonner, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2023 Families can meet the Dallas Police Department’s drone, K-9 and mounted units and get a close look at a Dallas Fire Department fire engine. Dallas News, 21 Oct. 2022 Architect Perkins & Will, which has its local office in the landmark schoolhouse, designed The Galbraith with a dark brick exterior punctuated with splashes of fire engine red. Dallas News, 15 July 2022 Santa will arrive in a vintage fire engine for West Linn’s holiday celebration. oregonlive, 18 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fire engine was in 1626

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“Fire engine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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