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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There is the charred tricycle that a father buried in the yard with his little boy, only to dig it up years later and offer it for display. Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With Kusama Museum and art-filled islands, Japan is a paradise for art nerds," 27 Apr. 2018 Seniors can expect to spend $500 or more for a good adult tricycle, though Schuppert bought his refurbished for $350. Laura Berrios, ajc, "Silver Spokes program gets more seniors into cycling," 31 May 2018 The tricycle represents a much more accessible form of community outreach than a bookmobile, Bartel said. Kathy Routliffe,, "Professor Plum's three-wheeled library to be pedaled through Wilmette this summer," 14 June 2018 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

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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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