Definition of ambulance in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘They had arrived at the hospital shortly after both ambulances did.’
    • ‘An emergency room with no more beds will close to ambulances and divert them to another hospital.’
    • ‘The patient in the ambulance and a paramedic who was in the back of it were taken to hospital in a second ambulance.’
    • ‘He was rushed to Southend Hospital by ambulance where he received emergency surgery.’
    • ‘We observed ambulances heading to the hospital having to go very slowly through traffic.’
    • ‘The authors concluded that unnecessary use of emergency ambulances would decline if alternatives were provided.’
    • ‘She was taken to hospital in an ambulance suffering a broken neck but later died.’
    • ‘One option would be to improve the response time of ambulances to emergency calls.’
    • ‘The woman in the other vehicle had to be cut free from her vehicle and was flown to hospital in the air ambulance.’
    • ‘They came within a matter of minutes and he went to get the twins to follow the ambulance to the hospital.’
    • ‘We assume all duties which are carried out by our ambulance service are emergencies.’
    • ‘Six ambulances removed the injured to hospital, while a number of people were treated at the scene for shock.’
    • ‘Within three minutes of the call there was an ambulance vehicle at the scene.’
    • ‘He was stretchered into an ambulance and taken to hospital where he will remain overnight.’
    • ‘Even in the ambulance and in hospital the medical teams were fighting all the way to bring him back.’
    • ‘An additional phase of the new development could incorporate other emergency services such as ambulances and coastguard.’
    • ‘What possesses them to trash an ambulance outside a hospital in broad daylight?’
    • ‘I received the phone call, jumped into a taxi and followed the ambulance to the hospital.’
    • ‘Six to seven emergency vehicles and four ambulances are also provided.’
    • ‘Otherwise if the ambulance service gets an emergency elsewhere they may not be able to go to it.’


  • with object and adverbial of direction Convey in an ambulance.

    ‘he was ambulanced to accident and emergency’
    • ‘My husband called my doctor who had done my first surgery and I was ambulanced to the hospital.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Patients seriously hurt in road accidents and heart attack victims would have to be ambulanced out of town.’
    • ‘He was ambulanced to hospital and found to have brain haemorrhage.’
    • ‘Each day after the treatment they would ambulance him from the cancer center to Pocono Hospital across the street and then return him the next day.’
    • ‘He called his wife and subsequently was ambulanced to the emergency room.’
    • ‘Jeff got him in the car, and eventually they had to ambulance him to a hospital for cleanup and stitches.’
    • ‘They couldn't stop it, at the clinic, so they had to ambulance him to hospital emergency.’


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