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’
    • ‘The patient in the ambulance and a paramedic who was in the back of it were taken to hospital in a second ambulance.’
    • ‘We assume all duties which are carried out by our ambulance service are emergencies.’
    • ‘We observed ambulances heading to the hospital having to go very slowly through traffic.’
    • ‘I received the phone call, jumped into a taxi and followed the ambulance to the hospital.’
    • ‘They had arrived at the hospital shortly after both ambulances did.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was rushed to Southend Hospital by ambulance where he received emergency surgery.’
    • ‘He was stretchered into an ambulance and taken to hospital where he will remain overnight.’
    • ‘The authors concluded that unnecessary use of emergency ambulances would decline if alternatives were provided.’
    • ‘An emergency room with no more beds will close to ambulances and divert them to another hospital.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What possesses them to trash an ambulance outside a hospital in broad daylight?’
    • ‘Otherwise if the ambulance service gets an emergency elsewhere they may not be able to go to it.’
    • ‘One option would be to improve the response time of ambulances to emergency calls.’
    • ‘Six to seven emergency vehicles and four ambulances are also provided.’
    • ‘She was taken to hospital in an ambulance suffering a broken neck but later died.’


  • Convey in an ambulance.

    ‘he was ambulanced to accident and emergency’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jeff got him in the car, and eventually they had to ambulance him to a hospital for cleanup and stitches.’
    • ‘Patients seriously hurt in road accidents and heart attack victims would have to be ambulanced out of town.’
    • ‘My husband called my doctor who had done my first surgery and I was ambulanced to the hospital.’
    • ‘He called his wife and subsequently was ambulanced to the emergency room.’
    • ‘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).