firefighter

or fire fight·er

[ fahyuh r-fahy-ter ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌfaɪ tɛr /

noun

a person who fights destructive fires.

Nearby words

  1. firecrest,
  2. firedamp,
  3. firedog,
  4. firedrake,
  5. firefight,
  6. firefighting,
  7. fireflood,
  8. firefly,
  9. fireguard,
  10. firehorse

Origin of firefighter

First recorded in 1900–05; fire + fighter

Related formsfire·fight·ing, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for firefighter

firefighter

/ (ˈfaɪəˌfaɪtə) /

noun

a person who fights fires, usually a public employee or trained volunteer
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Word Origin and History for firefighter

firefighter

n.

1903, from fire (n.) + fighter.

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