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

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Recent Examples on the Web Schuler said additional elements to the inaugural festival are being finalized, but past Beerfest events have included virtual reality gaming, tricycle races, pedal wagons and other activities. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Bottoms up! First Louisville Winter Beerfest lets you choose from 325+ different brews," 21 Jan. 2020 Pedicabs, large tricycles with a rear passenger area, operate almost exclusively in the Gaslamp and Harbor Drive areas. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego’s pedicab crackdown getting mixed reviews," 28 July 2019 Mom told of my excitedly talking about the tricycle all the way home. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: All he wanted for Christmas was a little red trike, a little red trike, a little red trike . . .," 8 Dec. 2019 The broken tricycle was found in the same cinder block enclosure where McGreevy eventually was murdered. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Assailant who beat homeless man to death with baseball bat in Thornton sentenced to prison," 6 Dec. 2019 The couple launched Triciclo Perú two years ago as a food cart, naming it for the tricycles from which merchants in Peru sell their empanadas. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Empanada and pisco bar Triciclo Peru opens on the west side Dec. 4," 13 Nov. 2019 Thomas Varricchio, 58, and Patricia Capsolas-Bonavita, 50, were riding a three-wheeled motorcycle, or a single-motor tricycle, in the area of 429 Main St. when the crash happened, police said. Emily Brindley,, "Man, woman died in Cromwell motorcycle crash, police say," 28 Oct. 2019 From there, fleets of electric tricycles carry the packages to homes. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "1.5 Million Packages a Day: The Internet Brings Chaos to N.Y. Streets," 27 Oct. 2019 A year later, the couple started peddling—literally, via an old-school tricycle—their artisan ice cream around town. Birmingham Magazine, al, "Birmingham magazine’s Best and Worst of Birmingham," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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9 Feb 2020

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“Tricycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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