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

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Eka Tjipta Widjaja sold biscuits and candy from a bicycle rickshaw on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi after emigrating around 1930 from China’s Fujian province. WSJ, "His Business Empire Survived Two Wars and a $14 Billion Default," 7 Feb. 2019 The solar rickshaws are part of Ikea’s broader goal of creating culturally-relevant shopping experiences. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ikea’s first store in India offers delivery by solar-powered rickshaws," 13 Aug. 2018 Paytm’s popular smartphone app, which can be used to pay for everything from auto-rickshaw rides to movies and utility bills, handles some 500 million transactions a month across its network. Newley Purnell, WSJ, "India’s Top Payments App Faces Challenge From Google and WhatsApp," 12 Nov. 2018 To celebrate her collaboration with jewelry line John Hardy, Chelsea’s Cedar Lake was transformed into a Balinese market complete with spice stands, straw fans, and tuk-tuk rickshaws transporting guests to and fro. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Adwoa Aboah and John Hardy Bring Bali to New York to Celebrate Their New Collaboration," 10 Oct. 2018 For the next five days, teenagers ages 13 and up blocked traffic and stopped cars, buses, rickshaws, and even police vehicles to check that drivers and vehicles were properly licensed. Jennifer Chowdhury, Teen Vogue, "Student Protests Over Road Safety in Bangladesh Turned Violent," 8 Aug. 2018 Today, my three principal income streams come from hand-making soap, writing, and driving a pedicab—essentially a First World rickshaw. Eric Brende, WSJ, "How to Beat the High Cost of Working," 31 Aug. 2018 At least 20 percent of the Hyderabad store’s delivery fleet will be electric rickshaws. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ikea’s first store in India offers delivery by solar-powered rickshaws," 13 Aug. 2018 Police and rescue workers launched an immediate relief operation, recovering bodies from cars and a three-wheeled rickshaw, Agarwal said. Huizhong Wu, CNN, "India overpass collapse kills at least 15 in Varanasi," 16 May 2018

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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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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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