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

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The volunteer fireman, who was posing for official photos with his new wife at the time, dropped everything and changed into his uniform. Fox News, "Minnesota firefighter leaves his own wedding to battle blaze," 27 Sep. 2018 It could be caused simply by the lifesaving efforts of firemen hosing a flaming building. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The 1991 Firestorm That Changed Everything We Thought We Knew About Arson," 8 Nov. 2018 Rescuers at Revere Fire Department in Massachusetts posed with their bundles of joy for a heartwarming snap organized by the firemen’s wives. Fox News, "Massachusetts fire department welcomes 9 babies in 1 year," 28 Sep. 2018 The book burners are bad, the eels are noble, and those who fall somewhere in between — notably our hero, fireman Guy Montag, played by Michael B. Jordan — don’t make any sense. Matthew Gilbert,, "HBO’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ lowers the temperature," 16 May 2018 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

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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 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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