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 The bicycle and tricycle section was added for the first time as several participants rode on bikes and trikes as well as a scooter. Alex Kushel,, "They brought bikes, trikes and pups to raise $14K for cancer research," 18 Feb. 2021 Lawrence, as always, steals the show, leaving the set on a tiny tricycle and breaking it in the process, sort of like if Chris Hemsworth tried to top Leslie Jordan. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. Recap: Gone Sour," 4 Feb. 2021 The one-person bomber was innovative with its canister fuselage and tricycle landing gear while an autopilot system guided the aircraft on bombing runs and periscope bombing sights allowed for precision attacks. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, "With Lightning Speed and Agility, Germany’s Ar 234 Blitz Jet Bomber Was a Success That Ultimately Failed," 19 Dec. 2020 Fond of white summer suits, Ioannidis rode an adult-size tricycle to work from his home in Menlo Park. Washington Post, "A top scientist questioned virus lockdowns on Fox News. The backlash was fierce.," 16 Dec. 2020 With sponsorship packages also available, $80 donations will provide a tricycle and helmet for the children, while $150 contributions will give a bicycle and helmet. Brett Shweky,, "Foundation needs community’s help to give 1,000 bikes to children," 15 Dec. 2020 The Ramona of my youth had round cheeks and leaned forward into her tricycle; she was drawn by Louis Darling. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, "Bookmark: Showy big books just made for giving," 27 Nov. 2020 Solar panels and a tricycle rest nearby a Diné ramada, or sun shelter. Kiliii Yüyan, Travel + Leisure, "From Everyday Life to Winter Rituals, These Photographs Show the Life of the Navajo Nation in Arizona," 26 Nov. 2020 Billinghurst was forcibly removed from her tricycle. Sarah Fielding, New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Rosa May Billinghurst, Militant Suffragette," 30 Oct. 2020

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Tricycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 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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