Definition of five-alarm in English:



  • 1[attributive] (of a fire) very large or fierce.

    • ‘As we watched the raging, five-alarm fire, I was torn between being horrified at its fury and intensity and delighted by the technology that was letting us get the news instantly without a television or radio in sight.’
    • ‘They had shown up at the five-alarm fire five minutes too late to catch the perpetrators, but just in time to rescue the victims.’
    • ‘Fire department inspectors investigating the five-alarm fire were unable to determine what caused it, and have turned the matter over to police.’
    1. 1.1(of food, such as chilies) extremely pungent; hot.
      • ‘When we needed a siesta from the five-alarm fare, we moved on to some non-Mexican entrées.’
      • ‘Made five-alarm chili the other day, with three kinds of beans and many, many hot peppers.’
      • ‘This can vary from the gentle warmth of an Anaheim pepper to the five-alarm fire of the habanero chili, one of the hottest peppers in the world.’
      • ‘Now salsas can be found worldwide, in varieties such as red chilli, guacamole, or green tomatillo, from mild, to tangy, to suicide five-alarm spicy.’