mo·​tor·​cy·​cle | \ ˈmō-tər-ˌsī-kəl How to pronounce motorcycle (audio) \

Definition of motorcycle

: an automotive vehicle with two in-line wheels

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Other Words from motorcycle

motorcycle intransitive verb
motorcyclist \ ˈmō-​tər-​ˌsī-​k(ə-​)list How to pronounce motorcycle (audio) \ noun

Examples of motorcycle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One person was killed Sunday when a pickup truck and a motorcycle collided on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County, Virginia State Police said. Washington Post, "One dead after motorcycle, pickup truck collide on I-95 in Fairfax County," 4 Apr. 2021 Officials said the club, situated in the back corner of a was run by a motorcycle club and was operating illegally. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Man charged in shootout at Cleveland afterhours club that injured 7," 1 Apr. 2021 Nearby is a full-size (and boxed-up) replica of Hagrid’s motorcycle, which was fabricated for IOA’s grand opening celebration of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, according to paperwork propped up in the box. Dewayne Bevil,, "Universal CityWalk: Legacy Store spotlights old times, new decor," 31 Mar. 2021 The Dainese Fighter is a quintessential leather motorcycle jacket. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "All the Best Motorcycle Gear You Need to Start Riding," 30 Mar. 2021 Cleary created memorable characters like Ramona, Beezus Quimby and a motorcycle-riding mouse named Ralph. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary dies at 104," 26 Mar. 2021 High-end motorcycle maker Ducati Motor Holding SpA, which manufactures its bikes in Bologna, Italy, and exports globally, said finished products heading to Asia passing through the canal aren’t likely to reach customers on time. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "Companies Consider Alternative Routes, Assess Costs as Suez Canal Blockage Continues," 25 Mar. 2021 But back then, Lana took the Shangri-Las approach, recalling motorcycle crashes and illicit affairs on the beach with a winking, cooing innocence. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, "Lana Del Rey’s ‘Chemtrails Over the Country Club’ Is a Somber American Travelogue," 22 Mar. 2021 One motorcycle passed a vehicle in a no-passing zone and then hit an SUV head-on. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "3 people riding motorcycles die in crash with two SUVs in Sierra Vista area," 21 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of motorcycle

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for motorcycle

motor bicycle

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The first known use of motorcycle was in 1894

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6 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Motorcycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of motorcycle

: a vehicle with two wheels that is powered by a motor and that can carry one or two people


mo·​tor·​cy·​cle | \ ˈmō-tər-ˌsī-kəl How to pronounce motorcycle (audio) \

Kids Definition of motorcycle

: a motorized vehicle for one or two passengers that has two wheels

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