uni·​cy·​cle | \ ˈyü-ni-ˌsī-kəl How to pronounce unicycle (audio) \

Definition of unicycle

: a vehicle that has a single wheel and is usually propelled by pedals

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unicyclist \ ˈyü-​ni-​ˌsī-​k(ə-​)list How to pronounce unicyclist (audio) \ noun

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Among Goedert’s accomplishments is his mastery of the unicycle, which apparently is kind of a thing in South Dakota. Les Bowen, Philly.com, "Size of Eagles' NFL draft pick Dallas Goedert's hometown made football a challenge," 28 Apr. 2018 These batteries have also benefited other electric transportation devices like motorized skateboards and unicycles. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 Wood also developed a self-balancing unicycle with his own company, Focus Designs, nearly a decade ago, and even appeared on Shark Tank to pitch the idea. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Mark Cuban’s hoverboard company has gone up in smoke," 26 Sep. 2018 Watching a woman who makes breastfeeding look easy is like watching someone ride a unicycle. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "Motherhood Is Having a Moment—but I'm Not Loving It as Much as You'd Think," 24 July 2018 The son of a Fuji Film executive, Yamaguchi grew up riding unicycles and juggling flaming torches as a street performer in Tokyo. Richard Mcgill Murphy, Town & Country, "Desert Prep," 17 Dec. 2012 Ryan Dao started using an electric unicycle last year to cut down on his commute time. Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times, "One-wheel wonders on Seattle sidewalks: Meet one of the ‘e-riders’," 12 Jan. 2018 But so do plenty of neighborhoods, so check your street for kids on bikes and Uncle Sam riding a unicycle. Alyson Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Four things to know for the Fourth of July in Houston," 3 July 2018 On Tuesday, Cirque du Soleil performers Philippe Belanger and Marie-Lee Guilbert brought out their unicycle for a free, 10-minute performance that made this undertaking look easy. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Photos: Cirque du Soleil unicycle duo performs free shows at iconic spots across Philadelphia," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of unicycle

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for unicycle

uni- + -cycle (as in tricycle)

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The first known use of unicycle was in 1869

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English Language Learners Definition of unicycle

: a vehicle that is similar to a bicycle but has only one wheel

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