Definition of ambulance in English:


Line breaks: am¦bu|lance
Pronunciation: /ˈambjʊl(ə)ns


  • A vehicle equipped for taking sick or injured people to and from hospital, especially in emergencies: we called an ambulance he taken by ambulance to the district hospital [as modifier]: the ambulance service
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    • Six to seven emergency vehicles and four ambulances are also provided.
    • An additional phase of the new development could incorporate other emergency services such as ambulances and coastguard.
    • We assume all duties which are carried out by our ambulance service are emergencies.


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  • Convey in an ambulance: he was ambulanced to accident and emergency
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    • Patients seriously hurt in road accidents and heart attack victims would have to be ambulanced out of town.
    • They ambulanced him fast yesterday out of the nursing home with a serious infection, high fever and blood pressure into the hospital's intensive care unit.
    • My husband called my doctor who had done my first surgery and I was ambulanced to the hospital.


early 19th century: French, from hôpital ambulant 'mobile (horse-drawn) field hospital', from Latin ambulant- 'walking' (see ambulant).

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