fire·​fight·​er | \ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌfī-tər \

Definition of firefighter 

: a person who fights fires : fireman sense 2

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firefighting \ ˈfī(-​ə)r-​ˌfī-​tiŋ \ noun

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The segment ended on a positive note, with Crenshaw taking a moment to recognize the memory of Pete’s father, a firefighter who died during the 9/11 attacks. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw Joins Pete Davidson on "Saturday Night Live"," 11 Nov. 2018 Gearhart is attending this year’s party in a nudist’s version of a firefighter costume, requiring only a hat and a squirt gun. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "‘SpongeBob NoPants’ and body paint: Halloween offers Seattle-area nudists chance to celebrate amid fading popularity," 26 Oct. 2018 Kevin, a New York City firefighter, passed away just three months prior to the taping of the program. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This 'Shark Tank' Episode Honoring a Late 9/11 Firefighter Left Everyone in Tears," 22 Oct. 2018 Image courtesy of Mahlon Mitchell campaign When voters in Wisconsin go to the polls for the state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary on August 14, Mahlon Mitchell, a career firefighter and union president, hopes to pull out a victory. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "How a black, firefighting union president plans to take on Scott Walker," 13 Aug. 2018 On July 2, Rick Stanton, a former firefighter, and John Volanthen, an IT consultant, used Unsworth’s maps to reach a chamber more than 2.5 miles from the entrance. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 The victim was a South Placer firefighter, reported Sacramento television station Fox40. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Motorcyclist found dead after overnight crash on Highway 65 offramp," 13 July 2018 Sun Prairie Fire Department Captain Cory Barr was killed in the blast, said Mahlon Mitchell, president of the state firefighters union. Todd Richmond,, "Firefighter killed in gas explosion, fire near Madison," 12 July 2018 Cory Barr was killed in the blast, said Mahlon Mitchell, president of the state firefighters union. Washington Post, "First black female mayor of San Francisco is sworn in," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of firefighter

1839, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of firefighter

: a person whose job is to put out fires

Other Words from firefighter

firefighting \ -​iŋ \ noun

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