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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Flocks of electric scooters whizz around cars, taxis swerve into oncoming lanes to circumvent traffic jams, and bicycle rickshaws stop abruptly to pick up passengers. Amy Gunia / Hong Kong, Time, "8 Questions With James Peng of Pony.ai, One of China's Most Valuable Autonomous Vehicle Startups," 10 July 2019 They were greeted by a chaotic and enchanting city of 1 million people, where pink dolphins glide through the waterways and three-wheeled motorized rickshaws rumble across dusty streets. NBC News, "At remote Amazon jungle hospital, U.S. med students learn vital lessons," 8 July 2019 Jump aboard a rickshaw and explore Keoladeo Ghana National Park alongside a naturalist. National Geographic, "India High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Even the drivers of Mumbai’s three-wheeled auto-rickshaws have begun accepting payments that go through UPI to their (presumably new) bank accounts. The Economist, "Indians are switching to digital payments in droves," 6 June 2019 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

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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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