three-wheel·​er ˈthrē-ˌ(h)wē-lər How to pronounce three-wheeler (audio)
: any of various vehicles having three wheels

Examples of three-wheeler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were over 280 million electric mopeds, scooters, motorcycles, and three-wheelers on the road last year. The Conversation, Ars Technica, 18 Nov. 2023 Bajaj Auto’s electric three-wheelers, another growth driver, have been launched successfully at the debut in India’s Agra with a 70% market share, and the company intends to expand the launch to 40 cities over the next six months, the analysts add. WSJ, 19 Oct. 2023 Like many countries, India is racing to go green, with a goal of having electric vehicles (EVs) account for a third of all private car sales and 80% of two- and three-wheeler sales by the end of the decade. Michelle Toh, CNN, 22 Aug. 2023 Indy and company still embark on breakneck chases in putatively exotic locations — including on tippy three-wheelers that careen through Tangier — but with less obvious collateral damage to the locals, if not their food stalls. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 28 June 2023 Oil demand from two-wheelers, three-wheelers and buses has also peaked, with demand from passenger cars following in 2025. Colin McKerracher,, 8 June 2023 Two- and three-wheelers, meanwhile, will continue to dominate developing nations like India. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 27 Apr. 2023 The Indian government estimates that 30 percent of sales of private cars, 70 percent of commercial vehicles, and 80 percent of two- and three-wheelers will be EVs by 2030. Yashraj Sharma, WIRED, 1 Mar. 2023 All of that adds to the weight, so this comes in a little over 20 pounds — not exactly lightweight, but light for a three-wheeler with all of its features. Jessica Hartshorn and Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 15 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of three-wheeler was in 1886

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“Three-wheeler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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: any of various vehicles having three wheels
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