Meaning of “firefighter” in the English Dictionary

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"firefighter" in British English

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firefighternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfaɪəˌfaɪ.tər/ us /ˈfaɪrˌfaɪ.t̬ɚ/

B1 a person whose job is to stop fires from burning

Examples

  • Some people think that 'fireman' is a sexist term, and prefer the politically correct term 'firefighter'.
  • Several of the firefighters received commendation for their bravery.
  • It took the firefighters several hours to extinguish the flames.
  • High winds have hindered firefighters in their efforts to put out the blaze.
  • Two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation.

Examples from literature

  • A firefighter heard his mother say that her son loved superheroes. 
  • Call the firefighters! 
  • Firefighters can be burned in fires or have to clean up dangerous chemicals after an accident. 
  • It is dangerous work, but we pay firefighters to do this job – to fight fire. 

(Definition of “firefighter” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"firefighter" in American English

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firefighternoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɑɪərˌfɑɪ·t̬ər/ plural -men /ˈfɑɪər·mən, -men/ also fireman, /ˈfɑɪər·mən/

someone whose job is to stop fires and to save people and property from being harmed

(Definition of “firefighter” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)