uni·​cy·​cle ˈyü-ni-ˌsī-kəl How to pronounce unicycle (audio)
: a vehicle that has a single wheel and is usually propelled by pedals
unicyclist noun

Illustration of unicycle

Illustration of unicycle

Examples of unicycle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are also vignettes involving unicycles (Steele rode one as a kid), fireworks, Will Forte in a hot-air balloon, and a night out in Vegas with Steele dolled up to the nines and Ferrell sporting a ridiculous fake mustache. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 23 Jan. 2024 One study found that participants were half as likely to notice a clown on a unicycle — a cheeky touch — while walking and talking on a phone. Markham Heid, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Jan. 2024 Elsewhere in the episode, Carolla joked that he was bummed nobody praised him for riding a unicycle during one of his dances. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 2024 How to remove stains from marble and other natural stone surfaces Ethan Currier is a stone sculptor whose granite figures that ride a unicycle, do yoga exercises or clutch balloons delight visitors to Bainbridge Island, Wash. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2024 However, in the long run, getting your finances in order may be a better use of time than learning how to ride a unicycle. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 29 Dec. 2023 In his youth, Dempsey joined a vaudeville troupe and rode a unicycle while juggling. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2023 The couple struggled financially, with Ted performing in a unicycle troupe and working at a department store that paid $1.25 an hour. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 Advertisement Those on bikes, skateboards, roller skates and other wheeled conveyances (including at least one towering unicycle) were designated the northbound lanes. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


uni- + -cycle (as in tricycle)

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unicycle was in 1869

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“Unicycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unicycle. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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uni·​cy·​cle ˈyü-ni-ˌsī-kəl How to pronounce unicycle (audio)
: a vehicle having a single wheel and usually moved forward by pedals

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