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

Examples of firefighter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, without federal help, teachers and police officers, healthcare workers fighting this virus, and firefighters on the verge of fire season are likely to be laid off. Talmon Joseph Smith, The New Republic, "The Deficit Hawks are Circling Their Old Roosts," 13 May 2020 In introducing the segment, Corden said that Flannery, who is married to a firefighter, had been working long hours amid the pandemic. oregonlive, "Oregon nurse who recovered from coronavirus gets a surprise from James Corden on ‘The Late Late Show'," 13 May 2020 To finally admit that being able to call an ambulance in an emergency, without worrying about how much that ambulance will cost, is just as crucial to our social fabric as being able to summon a firefighter when your house is aflame. Deborah Copaken, The Atlantic, "I Got Fired Over Zoom," 12 May 2020 Sheriff Duane Burgess said Denson is a firefighter for the White River Township Fire Department. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "White River Township firefighter arrested for drunken driving in Johnson County," 11 May 2020 The camaraderie, teamwork and unselfishness, all that goes into being a firefighter. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Retired NFL players following their second dreams with Phoenix Fire Department," 11 May 2020 Even during a normal wildfire season on the West Coast, the life of a wildland firefighter is brutal. Matt Simon, Wired, "Wildfires Already Threaten the West. Then Came Covid-19," 11 May 2020 The camera then shows a firefighter in a Houston Astros jersey banging a trash lid as a warning to approaching drivers. Dallas News, "All this police officer wants for his city is to stay safe - and laugh. He’s pulling it off.," 8 May 2020 The comedian’s father Scott was a New York City firefighter who perished during 9/11, leaving behind his wife Amy and their two children. Ineye Komonibo,, "Pete Davidson’s The King Of Staten Island Looks Very Therapeutic," 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of firefighter

1839, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2020

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“Firefighter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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

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firefighting \ -​iŋ \ noun

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