- Word History, Word Parts
|part of speech:
||a vehicle used to carry ill or injured people to a hospital.
When he fell off the roof, she called an ambulance.
The English word ambulance
was formed from hopital ambulant
, French words that mean "walking hospital." It was first used in the 1800s as a name for the carts that carried soldiers injured in the Crimean War. In the Crimean War, France and England were allies and fought against Russia.