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

Recent Examples on the Web Wonder said investigators want to hear from any potential witnesses who saw the thief arrive outside the museum on a motorcycle. NBC News, "Thief stole prized Vincent van Gogh painting with a sledgehammer, video shows," 22 Apr. 2020 Junebug first appears in the third act, a chanteuse barreling down the backroads of Kentucky on a motorcycle. Laura Hudson, Wired, "The Tragedy and Mystery of the ‘Best Game of the Decade’," 29 Jan. 2020 Other soldiers testified at Lorance's trial that the men killed were a couple hundred yards away and not on a motorcycle when the Americans opened fire. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Insurgents’ lobbied Trump for war crimes pardons with little Pentagon involvement, officials say," 22 Nov. 2019 Online video also showed a policeman on a motorcycle riding through a group of protesters in an apparent attempt to disperse them. Alice Fung,, "Following a day of violence in which one person was shot by police and another set on fire, Hong Kong’s leader pledges to halt anti-government protests," 11 Nov. 2019 Daredevil Evel Knievel jumped 14 Greyhound buses on a motorcycle at Kings Island amusement park near Cincinnati. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Today in History, October 25, 1975: Evel Knievel jumped 14 Greyhound buses at Kings Island," 25 Oct. 2019 The lizard king’s bust, a sculpture by Croatian artist Mladen Mikulin, was stolen in 1988 by two thieves on a motorcycle. Liesl Bradner, Los Angeles Times, "Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison live on here: A stroll through Père-Lachaise Cemetery," 23 Oct. 2019 On the second day, Zubair hopped on a motorcycle and went anyway. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Shattered Afghan Dream of Peace," 21 Oct. 2019 The 1975 movie stars Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, future Oscar winner Susan Sarandon and Meat Loaf, on a motorcycle. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Comic-Con, the Baltimore Running Festival, an interactive ‘Rocky Horror’ and more," 13 Oct. 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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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Motorcycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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