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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Retired New Jersey fireman Matt Long spoke about his experiences as a first responder on 9/11. Nic Rowan, WSJ, "A Heartland 9/11 Memorial," 10 Sep. 2018 After a seven-hour battle, firemen Saturday night contained a stubborn brush fire which swept across 35 acres at the juncture of three canyons in Angeles National Forest 5 1/2 miles above La Cañada. Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: Helicopters fight a 1966 brush fire," 10 July 2018 He was honorably discharged with the rank of fireman apprentice. Bonnie L. Cook,, "Brian F. Dolan, 45, Philadelphia firefighter and Navy veteran," 14 May 2018 Good, hardworking people in the World Trade Center, first responders, police, over 300 firemen. Fox News, "George Papadopoulos on what he wants the American people to know," 12 Sep. 2018 What results is a participant list that includes the best players in the world, journeyman pros toiling on mini tours, the best college players in the world, fireman, NHL referees, teaching pros...everybody has their own unique story. Daniel Rapaport,, "FORE Questions: On Slow Play, 'Backstopping" and Offbeat U.S. Open Storylines," 11 June 2018 The airport had a single runway, and there, 7,000 feet up in the brilliant Himalayan sunshine, was a welcoming committee of firemen drawn up in ranks to greet the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, who was due on the next flight. Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, "Why Everyone Is Traveling to Bhutan," 30 Mar. 2015 Two aerial tankers dumped 50,000 gallons of a fire-retardant solution on the flames as about 250 U.S. Forest Service and county firemen established a line around the blaze. ... Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: Helicopters fight a 1966 brush fire," 10 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of fireman

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fireman was in the 14th century

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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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