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 Battalion Chief Sebastian Carrillo said one firefighter was sitting about 20 feet away from the window when it was shattered. Carol Robinson |, al, "Gunfire shatters glass window at Fire Station 15 in west Birmingham," 18 June 2020 A few days later, Ray—a firefighter who’s aware of the legend of Stan—returns and asks her out. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Judd Apatow’s “The King of Staten Island,” Reviewed: Pete Davidson’s Apprenticeship in Comedy and Manhood," 16 June 2020 According to the search group Texas EquuSearch, he is expected to become a Houston firefighter soon. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Crosby firefighter remains missing after crash on Galveston Causeway," 15 June 2020 The transcript showed that the firefighter asked to speak with the officers' supervisors to explain the situation, but the line disconnected. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "911 dispatcher and bystanders made concerned calls about George Floyd arrest, tapes show," 15 June 2020 His Scott has never gotten over the death of his dad, a firefighter, mirroring Davidson's loss of his dad (also named Scott) at a young age on Sept. 11, 2001. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The King of Staten Island' tries to break Pete Davidson out of his 'SNL' box," 11 June 2020 Their funerals were observed by many in the city as McCaw and her daughter were buried together in the same casket, while Prather, a Louisville firefighter, was honored along with her daughter at their funeral. David Harten, The Courier-Journal, "Drugs, distracted driving caused Missouri crash that killed 4 from Louisville, report says," 10 June 2020 Scott’s father, a firefighter, died in a fire when Scott was 7. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Pete Davidson shines in Judd Apatow's messy, rewarding movie 'The King of Staten Island'," 9 June 2020 Grafe said the agency still plans to hire 600 seasonal employees, but had redesigned its firefighter training, public outreach and plans for aviation and grounds crews in light of the virus. oregonlive, "Forestry officials predict severe and complex wildfire season amid drought and COVID-19; still searching for money to pay for it," 7 June 2020

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First Known Use of firefighter

1839, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jun 2020

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“Firefighter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 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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