fire·​man | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-mən How to pronounce fireman (audio) \

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

Examples of fireman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The firemen opened the door and three dogs in wheelchairs came running out. Lynn Franco, CNN, "Fire destroys a hospice home for senior and terminal pets," 30 Dec. 2019 The rest of the movie is about the firemen who put out the blaze, as well as the random and tragic ways that all human lives intersect. Riane Konc, The New Yorker, "New Hallmark Original Christmas Movies from Your Favorite Hollywood Directors," 20 Dec. 2019 Or a hand will reach over the 14-inch Plexiglass sheet that surrounds the garden and try to scoop up one of the engines — some of which cost $1,000 — using the plastic fireman’s hat that each child receives on arrival. Mike Klingaman,, "Meet the ‘engineer’ of Ellicott City fire department’s holiday train garden," 3 Dec. 2019 In one photo, Ms. Freedman caught two firemen, apparently having survived a mission, sharing a cathartic kiss. John Leland, New York Times, "Jill Freedman, Photographer Who Lingered in the Margins, Dies at 79," 9 Oct. 2019 Later, rooms were rented by maids, clerks and firemen, according to historians. oregonlive, "Bootleggers are part of the fascinating history of the 1893 Levi Hexter mansion in King’s Hill.," 6 Nov. 2019 One of the first on scene was her uncle, who is a fireman. Rachel Desantis,, "Firefighter Called to Car Accident Scene Learns His Niece, an 18-Year-Old Mother, Died in Crash," 29 Oct. 2019 If a fireman and a schoolteacher are making $100,000 a year, their taxes are going to go up about $10,000. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Fact-Checking the Candidates' Claims From the Fourth Democratic Debate," 16 Oct. 2019 As Quartz’s Allison Schrager wrote earlier this month, public pensions have been investing in the private markets, where tech unicorns have raised the bulk of their funding, meaning teachers and firemen could eventually face some of the fallout. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "The tech unicorn hangover is giving Wall Street a headache," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of fireman

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jan 2020

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“Fireman.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce fireman (audio) \
plural firemen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of fireman

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

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