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 Bugatti did something similar at age 17, fitting a combustion engine to a pedal tricycle. Ben Oliver, Car and Driver, 5 July 2021 The plane uses a retractable tricycle type of landing gear that employs a nose wheel instead of a tail wheel. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2021 The video above, posted to YouTube by Ruin Road in 2017, gives some up-close views of the hunks of metal, plus other debris, like a child's tricycle and concrete chunks, that were used to stop the erosion. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 31 May 2021 Bikes available include four 19-inch bikes and one three-speed adult tricycle. cleveland, 22 May 2021 Nancy Rosborough didn’t know a truffle from a tricycle. Andrew Kornylak, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 May 2021 Charles Grimley was riding a Miami Sun tricycle, a three-wheeler built for adults, when he was hit by a 2005 Toyota Camry. Chris Perkins,, 22 Mar. 2021 Another reproduces a famous photo from China’s 1989 pro-democracy protests showing two wounded students being frantically transported to a hospital on the back of a tricycle—but with two bleeding penguins in the students’ place. Joyu Wang, WSJ, 18 May 2021 What’s the difference between a badly dressed kid on a bicycle and a well dressed kid on a tricycle? Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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19 Jul 2021

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“Tricycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tricycle

: a three-wheeled vehicle that a person rides by pushing on foot pedals


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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