ambulance

[ am-byuh-luh ns ]
/ ˈæm byə ləns /

noun

a specially equipped motor vehicle, airplane, ship, etc., for carrying sick or injured people, usually to a hospital.
(formerly) a field hospital.

Origin of ambulance

1800–10; < French, equivalent to (hôpital) ambul(ant) walking (hospital) + -ance -ance. See ambulant
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British Dictionary definitions for ambulance

ambulance
/ (ˈæmbjʊləns) /

noun

a motor vehicle designed to carry sick or injured people

Word Origin for ambulance

C19: from French, based on (hôpital) ambulant mobile or field (hospital), from Latin ambulāre to walk
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Medicine definitions for ambulance

ambulance
[ ămbyə-ləns ]

n.

A specially equipped vehicle used to transport the sick or injured.
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