tri·​cy·​cle | \ ˈtrī-sə-kəl How to pronounce tricycle (audio) , -ˌsi-kəl \

Definition of tricycle

: a 3-wheeled vehicle propelled by pedals or a motor

Examples of tricycle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Evelyn Smith lost her home and everything in it in the deadly floods that devastated eastern Kentucky, saving only her grandson's muddy tricycle. Bruce Schreiner, Andrew Selsky, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 July 2022 As of Friday, the family’s GoFundMe page had raised more than $30,000 in donations — a sign, Sandra Lopez Oxlaj said, of how many in the community Oxlaj Pérez and her tricycle had reached. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2022 Wright contemporary Glenn Curtiss took an entirely different approach, equipping his early designs with a tricycle landing gear that stemmed, at least in part, from his experience with building motorcycles. Walter J. Boyne And Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 23 May 2021 An empty tricycle trailed by a row of small yellow galoshes sits on the concrete floor. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 Enjoy competitive high-speed professional cycling, a cornhole tournament, live music, celebrity tricycle races, skateboard jump jam and more. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 10 July 2022 This endeavor is like selling T-shirts the way a tricycle is like a Ducati, Dickson said. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 Nearby, a woman jogged by alongside a little girl on a tricycle. Stephanie Casanova, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2022 One proposal involved secreting an explosive device in a Big Wheel tricycle and leaving it outside the mobster's home. Ray Sanchez, CNN, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tricycle

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tricycle

French, from tri- + Greek kyklos wheel — more at wheel

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The first known use of tricycle was in 1868

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24 Aug 2022

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“Tricycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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tri·​cy·​cle | \ ˈtrī-sə-kəl How to pronounce tricycle (audio) \

Kids Definition of tricycle

: a vehicle with three wheels that is usually moved by pedals

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