mo·​tor·​cy·​cle ˈmō-tər-ˌsī-kəl How to pronounce motorcycle (audio)
: an automotive vehicle with two in-line wheels
motorcycle intransitive verb
motorcyclist noun

Examples of motorcycle in a Sentence

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Word History


motor bicycle

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of motorcycle was in 1894

Dictionary Entries Near motorcycle

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“Motorcycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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mo·​tor·​cy·​cle ˈmōt-ər-ˌsī-kəl How to pronounce motorcycle (audio)
: a motorized vehicle for one or two passengers that has two wheels
motorcycle verb
motorcyclist noun

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