Definition of ambulette in English:



  • A specially equipped van for transporting disabled or convalescent passengers in non-emergency circumstances.

    ‘a week later, Eli would be taken by ambulette to the doctor’
    • ‘The driver of the ambulette, a 28-year-old woman, and of the minivan, a 52-year-old man, were treated for minor injuries at Brooklyn Hospital Center, the police said.’
    • ‘Sounds simple, but because the medical center isn't our closest hospital, we can't get an ambulette to take her there.’
    • ‘In cooperation with medical offices that order these services, the ambulettes typically cost the taxpayers more than $50 a round trip, adding up to $200 million a year.’
    • ‘“There are a couple of other kids I've met through driving the ambulette who have handicaps."’
    • ‘The ambulette carried no patient at the time, police said.’
    • ‘But it is becoming increasingly apparent that the company failed to meet guidelines set up by the state to ensure that the drivers of ambulettes are qualified to operate them, state officials say.’
    • ‘The driver will escort you from your apartment door into the ambulette and then into the medical facility or the day care.’
    • ‘If he's being transferred by ambulette, will it arrive promptly?’
    • ‘The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is the agency responsible for licensing and regulating New York City's medallion (yellow) taxicabs, for-hire vehicles (community-based liveries and black cars), commuter vans, paratransit vehicles (ambulettes) and certain luxury limousines.’
    • ‘We brought the kids downstairs, one staff to one kid, where an ambulette had pulled up, outside the door of the building.’


1940s: from ambulance + -ette.