fire·​fight·​er | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌfī-tər How to pronounce firefighter (audio) \

Definition of firefighter

: a person who fights fires : fireman sense 2

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Other Words from firefighter

firefighting \ ˈfī(-​ə)r-​ˌfī-​tiŋ How to pronounce firefighter (audio) \ noun

Examples of firefighter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Viertel, 22, instead racked the shotgun again, advancing on the firefighter. oregonlive, "Grand jury rules fatal Salem police shooting justified," 24 Apr. 2021 Prosecutors have dismissed at least 21 cases which were pending, including a case where a man was charged with felony assault on Freitag, but the former D.C. firefighter Elon Wilson is the only defendant currently incarcerated. Washington Post, "Fairfax seeks to dismiss 400 convictions in cases brought by one officer," 16 Apr. 2021 The fish is a lifetime catch for the 29-year-old Richardson firefighter. Dallas News, "McKinney angler reels in lifetime catch, boats biggest fish at Mega Bass," 10 Apr. 2021 The data that comes back is then sent to a base station, like a computer, and 3D visualization software shows where the firefighter is, within an accuracy of centimeters. Julia Musto, Fox News, "NASA's JPL and DHS develop tech to help locate firefighters inside burning buildings," 8 Apr. 2021 The firefighter declined both offers, and he was fired. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Can your employer require a vaccine? Probably. So can a restaurant or hotel.," 8 Apr. 2021 On hand for the ceremony were Iacona’s mother, Sally Hopkins; stepfather, Howard Hopkins; father, Joe Iacona; stepmother, Chris Iacona; sister, Gabrielle Iacona; and girlfriend, Mia Nojic, who pinned on the new firefighter’s badge. cleveland, "Berea swears in new firefighter: Community Voices," 2 Apr. 2021 Fortunately for him, the firefighter who responded also happened to be a beekeeper. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "A man returned from shopping and found 15,000 bees in his car," 1 Apr. 2021 The footage also showed Hansen, the Minneapolis firefighter, calmly walk up to Thao and offer to help. Steve Karnowski And Amy Forliti, Chron, "Firefighter blocked from helping Floyd returns to stand," 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of firefighter

1839, in the meaning defined above

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8 May 2021

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“Firefighter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of firefighter

: a member of a group that works to put out fires


fire·​fight·​er | \ ˈfīr-ˌfī-tər How to pronounce firefighter (audio) \

Kids Definition of firefighter

: a person whose job is to put out fires

Other Words from firefighter

firefighting \ -​iŋ \ noun

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