tri·​cy·​cle ˈtrī-sə-kəl How to pronounce tricycle (audio)
: a 3-wheeled vehicle propelled by pedals or a motor

Examples of tricycle in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tricycle was in 1868

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Cite this Entry

“Tricycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


tri·​cy·​cle ˈtrī-ˌsik-əl How to pronounce tricycle (audio)
: a three-wheeled vehicle usually moved by pedals

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