mo·​to·​cross | \ ˈmō-tō-ˌkrȯs How to pronounce motocross (audio) \

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 Executive producer Simon Cowell will judge the new show alongside WWE superstar Nikki Bella and professional motocross and rally car driver Travis Pastrana. Katie Campione,, 1 Oct. 2021 Office said the rider suffered fatal injuries during a motocross event held at Washougal MX Park. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 14 Aug. 2021 After moving to Idaho in 1975, Dondero went to work for Scott USA, making skiing and motocross products. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 July 2021 The initial dream was some kind of career in motorsports—a pioneering F1 driver, perhaps—and Raducanu still enjoys racing both go-karts and motocross in her spare time. Corey Seymou, Vogue, 3 July 2021 Professional drag-racing at Carlsbad Raceway had mostly died out in the 1970s and the last USGP motocross race was held at the Carlsbad Raceway in 1986. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 June 2021 Examples include Nike House of Innovation’s in-store basketball technique assessment, Puma’s motocross racing video game play, American Girl Doll’s dining with your doll, Under Armour’s giant selfie-inspiring torso on Michigan Ave. Michelle Greenwald, Forbes, 12 May 2021 The grandstand will still be the location for events such as the popular demolition derbies, motocross and tractor pulls. Alyssa Alfano, cleveland, 22 Mar. 2021 National motocross and Supercross champions Rick Johnson (three) and Broc Glover (two) of El Cajon won two San Diego Supercrosses during the first decade of the event. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Feb. 2021

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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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5 Oct 2021

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“Motocross.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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