tri·cy·cle | \ˈtrī-sə-kəl, -ˌsi-kəl\

Definition of tricycle 

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

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Organizers say the free event will be the perfect mix of class and crazy with adult beverages, great bands, food, adult tricycle racing, a Kentucky artisan market, and a Kentucky For Kentucky pop-up shop. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby party you can actually attend? Here are fancy (and fun) ones in Louisville," 23 Apr. 2018 Still, Irani, an ambassador for MoGo who teaches people how to use the system, planned to spend some more time with the hand tricycle to get used to it. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "You can rent tricycles, tandem bikes in Detroit: Here's how," 15 May 2018 At such prices, the new bikes targeted the same upscale demographic as the tricycle. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 In the United States, where bad roads made tricycle ridership impractical, the sales potential for an easy-to-ride bicycle looked stronger than in Europe. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 Those in the parade are encouraged to decorate their bicycles, tricycles, wagons and strollers. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "West University Place readies for Independence Day Bike Parade and Pool Party," 27 June 2018 Residents include public school teachers, call center workers, small business owners, and tricycle taxi drivers. Rina Chandran, The Christian Science Monitor, "Slum dwellers in the Philippines build homes through community programs," 7 June 2018 The victim backed up and fell to the ground, at which time the suspects fled with the man’s tricycle. Andy Nguyen,, "Burbank robbery leads to arrest of Los Angeles man and two youths," 6 June 2018 In the fictional case, a man is killed when his giant tricycle explodes. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shorewood's mock trial team heading to nationals after winning state competition," 8 May 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of tricycle

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

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