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Definition of motocross

: a closed-course motorcycle race over natural or simulated rough terrain (as with steep inclines, hairpin turns, and mud) also : the sport of engaging in motocross races

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Recent Examples on the Web Root got his start in racing at the age of 6 on 50cc minibikes on the Barona Oaks motocross course. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Encinitas driver Max Root reaches Le Mans pinnacle at 21," 18 Sep. 2020 Autrey has organized rides throughout Los Angeles on dirt bikes, motocross bikes and regular road pedal bikes for years. Los Angeles Times, "South L.A.'s Leimert Park plans a peaceful bicycle demonstration," 5 June 2020 Marty is known as a legendary motocross racer and was inducted into the American Motocross Association Hall of Fame in 2000. Ashley Boucher,, "Motocross Icon Marty Smith and Wife Nancy Dead in Dune Buggy Accident," 28 Apr. 2020 Pregnant and dressed in a halter top and black motocross pants, Cha stood by the models, counting out the moves. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Telfar Clemens’s Mass Appeal," 9 Mar. 2020 Willoughby’s accident illuminates the risks of bicycle motocross, a growing sport in which specialized bikes are used for daring jumps on dirt and pavement racing courses. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Olympian Sam Willoughby was paralyzed in BMX accident. Now he coaches his wife Alise's quest for gold.," 1 Dec. 2019 Thanks to Gabe, the whole supercross-motocross community is getting behind it, for a cause bigger than racing dirt bikes. Rachel Desantis,, "Motocross Star Ryan Dungey Helps 9-Year-Old Boy Take His First Steps After Cancer Treatment," 25 Sep. 2019 The Jackpine Gypsies and founder J.C. Pappy Hoel began the Sturgis motorcycle rally in 1938 and have hosted motorcycle races, hill climbs, motocross and other events. USA TODAY, "Ollie the camel, cactus-juice walls, Can-Am Crown: News from around our 50 states," 2 Mar. 2020 Born in Oberpeischlach -- a village in southern Austria with just 104 inhabitants -- Wibmer started riding motocross at the age of six and even took part in the Motocross World Championship in Italy in 2011. Noura Abou Zeinab, CNN, "Fabio Wibmer wows the world with daredevilry on two wheels," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of motocross

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for motocross

French, from moto motorcycle (short for motocyclette) + cross-country, from English

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The first known use of motocross was in 1951

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22 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Motocross.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of motocross

: the sport of racing motorcycles over a rough course with many hills, sharp turns, etc.

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