rick·​shaw | \ ˈrik-ˌshȯ How to pronounce rickshaw (audio) \
variants: or less commonly ricksha

Definition of rickshaw

: a small covered 2-wheeled vehicle usually for one passenger that is pulled by one man and that was used originally in Japan

Examples of rickshaw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Madurai is an ancient city crammed with rickshaws, street hawkers and low-slung buildings, punctuated by its famous giant Hindu temples. Maria Abi-habib, New York Times, "An Adoption, a Pandemic and an Evacuation," 6 May 2020 Once roaring with trucks, scooters, and rickshaws, the streets of Mandalay are silent today. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 6 Apr. 2020 In the capital, Dhaka, rickshaws can be seen creaking down almost every street. The Economist, "Bangladesh’s biggest city plans to ban cycle rickshaws," 7 Nov. 2019 Head over here for a virtual rickshaw ride around the city. New York Times, "52 Places, Virtually," 14 Apr. 2020 Ride-hailing giant Ola has announced plans to put 1 million electric vehicles on India's streets, including 10,000 electric rickshaws. Kieron Monks, CNN, "There's a new entry in India's electric rickshaw race," 25 Mar. 2020 In a video shared on the Kensington Royal Instagram page recapping their five-day tour of the country, Kate and William are seen climbing into the rickshaw and excitedly taking in the colorful scene. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Share a Rare Glimpse Inside Their Rickshaw Ride in Pakistan," 21 Oct. 2019 In Baghdad's Tahrir Square — the epicenter of Iraq’s biggest demonstrations since Saddam Hussein’s fall in 2003 — the once lowly rickshaw is king. NBC News, "How tuk tuk drivers became the unlikely heroes of Iraq's popular revolt," 14 Nov. 2019 But in Bangladesh the cycle rickshaw is as popular as ever. The Economist, "Bangladesh’s biggest city plans to ban cycle rickshaws," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rickshaw

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rickshaw

alteration of jinrikisha

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The first known use of rickshaw was in 1879

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25 May 2020

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“Rickshaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rickshaw. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rickshaw

: a small, light vehicle with two wheels that is pulled by one person on foot or on a bicycle and that is used in some Asian countries


variants: also ricksha \ ˈrik-​ˌshȯ \

Kids Definition of rickshaw

: a small carriage with two wheels that is pulled by one person and was used originally in Japan

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