side·​car | \ ˈsīd-ˌkär How to pronounce sidecar (audio) \

Definition of sidecar

1 : a car attached to the side of a motorcycle for a passenger
2 : a cocktail consisting of a liqueur with lemon juice and brandy

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Lila’s guide dog, Jimbo, jumps in and rides in the sidecar, too. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Lila Sanford bypasses vision roadblocks," 22 July 2019 Peter’s Basilica Tour for $65 — as well as more adventurous options, like a 5-hour Thingvellir Park Silfra snorkeling tour from Reykjavik, complete with pick-up for $165, or a private guided tour of Paris via vintage sidecar. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "TripAdvisor’s top 10 best travel experiences around the world," 29 June 2019 Younger children—and those feeling less than confident—may appreciate the security of the sidecar. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "The New Harry Potter Roller Coaster Is the Biggest Change to Universal’s Wizarding World in Years," 12 June 2019 After wandering through a queue that’s incorporated into mossy ruins, visitors choose between two riding options: atop a motorbike or inside its sidecar. Dewayne Bevil,, "Universal Orlando: New roller coaster features Hagrid, creatures, high-speed stretches, surprises," 11 June 2019 Hunt's dream of a sidecar for Mutt came once the two bonded, something Hunt wasn't sure would happen at first, Jen Brown said. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "With the help of friends, Iraq war veteran gets motorcycle sidecar for service dog," 5 June 2019 The bar, opened by a wayward New Yorker in 1911, lays claim to the original Bloody Mary, sidecar, and French 75, and became home to the lost generation of notable Americans abroad—Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Gershwin. Alexander Howard, Vogue, "Rowing Blazers Fetes Its New Collection at Storied Parisian Cocktail Spot Harry’s New York Bar," 18 Jan. 2019 However, the board voted Thursday to commit $200 million to KKR Global Infrastructure Investors III LP and a sidecar fund. Chris Cumming, WSJ, "Cumming’s Take: Minnesota Puts KKR on Ice Over Toys ‘R’ Us," 25 June 2018 The farmer saw Van Ollefen’s bike, then opened a shed door and showed him his old Harley, equipped with a sidecar. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harley-Davidson riders say the love of the bike brings them together into one 'worldwide family'," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of sidecar

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sidecar

: a small vehicle that is attached to the side of a motorcycle for a passenger to ride in

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