side·​car ˈsīd-ˌkär How to pronounce sidecar (audio)
: a car attached to the side of a motorcycle for a passenger
: a cocktail consisting of a liqueur with lemon juice and brandy

Examples of sidecar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps given the time and place of Haldane and Case’s experiment, a sidecar with a twist would have been a more appropriate drink metaphor. Rachel Lance, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Apr. 2024 In the 90s sushi in LA was simply fish in rice with a sidecar of soy mixed with fake wasabi. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 From the Archives delivers some candy today for Valentine’s Day with this photo of a delivery driver and his cool motorcycle and sidecar outside the Ward Candy Co. at 1431 Market St. in San Diego. U-T Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2024 Invented in antebellum New Orleans, this citrusy cocktail with a sugar rim was a precursor to the sidecar. Saveur Editors, Saveur, 14 Feb. 2024 For a bit of adventure, hike up Table Mountain or Lion's Head, paraglide off Signal Hill, snorkel in a kelp forest with seals, take a motorcycle with a sidecar along Chapman’s Peak, go horseback riding on Noordhoek Beach, or swim in the sea with wild penguins. Mark Lakin, Travel + Leisure, 27 Dec. 2023 Marrying tradition with contemporary sensibilities An eye-catching photo of Umberto, atop a sidecar with his brothers Luigi and Domenico by his side, is prominently displayed on the Bellenda website. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Inside, there’s a sidecar box for holding small jewelry or medication. Jack Byram, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Sep. 2023 To navigate through the crowds, tourists are adopting innovative approaches like embarking on Vespa sidecar tours. Chris Livesay, CBS News, 5 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sidecar was in 1903

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“Sidecar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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side·​car ˈsīd-ˌkär How to pronounce sidecar (audio)
: a car attached to the side of a motorcycle for a passenger

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