fire·man | \ˈfī(-ə)r-mən \

Definition of fireman 

1 : a person who tends or feeds fires : stoker

2 : a member of a fire department : firefighter

3 : an enlisted man in the navy who works with engineering machinery

4 : a relief pitcher in baseball

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At the heart of the book is Guy Montag, a fireman whose job is to burn books. Anne Nickoloff,, "West Geauga high school celebrates 2018 prom at Landerhaven (photos)," 12 May 2018 The firemen quickly filled the pool for the family with one of their hoses. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Firefighters lend a hand -- and hose -- to family filling pool on hot summer day," 25 June 2018 The first fireman to get to the station gets the good truck. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "5 Realities of Fighting Fire in the Middle of Nowhere," 20 June 2016 There were homes that were down to the studs and neighbors and firemen everywhere. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "California wildfires: From the ashes of a couple’s burned down home came the sweetest idea," 9 July 2018 Local businessmen chat, a representative from Congressman Jim Banks’s office stands stiff in her skirt suit, and firemen and police chiefs lean in the back. Tom Chiarella And James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Last Shift: What Really Happened To Those Carrier Jobs Trump Saved," 15 May 2018 Kevin Schuette, a volunteer from the Southeast Texas Airboat Club, and Blake Hughes, a probationary fireman for Cypress Creek Fire Department, rescue two women and their dog by airboat from an apartment complex. Maggie Gordon, Houston Chronicle, "Lifelong friends make expert airboat rescue team," 7 July 2018 The protagonist is a fireman named Guy Montag, who one day smuggles a book home and reads it, setting himself on the path to knowledge and, ultimately, rebellion. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 turns a warning about media into a tirade against tech trends," 19 May 2018 His mother was a homemaker, and his father was a railroad fireman and union man who worked for better wages for black workers. Neanda Salvaterra, WSJ, "In West Harlem, a Tuskegee Airman Gets His Due," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fireman

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fireman

: a man who is a member of group that works to put out fires


fire·man | \ˈfīr-mən \
plural firemen\-mən \

Kids Definition of fireman

2 : a person who tends a fire (as in a large furnace)

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