first aid


emergency aid or treatment given to someone injured, suddenly ill, etc., before regular medical services arrive or can be reached.

Origin of first aid

First recorded in 1880–85
Related formsfirst-aid, adjectivefirst-aid·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of first aid

  • He put one arm, still with the bandages of the first-aid men, about the girl.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • Jed arrived with first-aid stuff, and I set to work, Jed helping.

  • He didn't look at us, and he hadn't touched the first-aid stuff on the rock.

  • They are unarmed, but equipped with first-aid kits and stretchers.

    The Emma Gees

    Herbert Wes McBride

  • And we can haul out a lot of grub, and a first-aid kit and such.

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney

British Dictionary definitions for first aid

first aid


  1. immediate medical assistance given in an emergency
  2. (as modifier)first-aid box
(in Barbados) a small shop that sells domestic items after hours
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first aid in Medicine

first aid


Emergency treatment administered to an injured or sick person before professional medical care is available.
Related formsfirst-aid adj.
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