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 motorcyclist (audio) \ noun

Examples of motorcycle in a Sentence

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The enforcement campaign, carried out by police officers who patrol the city’s quiet bicycle boulevards on motorcycles, has caused anger to spill from Twitter into City Hall. Rachel Swan,, "Berkeley cyclists cry foul over $238 citations for rolling through stop signs," 11 Sep. 2019 The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a Sunday night motorcycle crash in Hamilton County claimed the life of a Fortville man. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Fortville man killed in Hamilton County motorcycle crash," 9 Sep. 2019 At least seven people on motorcycles were killed, as well as one motorist. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Pedestrian death appears ninth traffic fatality in region on weekend," 2 Sep. 2019 Barbara and Bill were also members of three motorcycle clubs: The Blue Knights, the HOG (Fort Meyers and Naples Florida) and ABATE., "Barbara Ann Cooley," 31 Aug. 2019 The name of the deceased motorcycle rider has not been released. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Man arrested in vehicular homicide investigation after motorcyclist killed in Douglas County crash," 19 Aug. 2019 Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson died Saturday night in a motorcycle crash with a minivan in Austin, Texas, according to multiple media reports. Dave Clark,, "Reports: Cedric Benson, former Cincinnati Bengals running back, dies in crash in Texas," 18 Aug. 2019 Those traveling on motorcycles and bicycles should exercise caution or choose another route., "Portland metro Monday traffic: Night paving slows traffic on East Mill Plain Blvd.," 29 July 2019 The girl, now 9, rode to lunch at McDonald’s on the back of one of their motorcycles. Bend Bulletin,, "Oregon child abuse defendant removed from own trial during ugly scene; jury takes 8 minutes to convict," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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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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