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luge

[loozh] /luʒ/
noun
1.
a one- or two-person sled for coasting or racing down a chute, used especially in Europe.
verb (used without object), luged, luging.
2.
to go or race on a luge:
to luge at nearly 70 miles per hour.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; < dialectal French
Related forms
luger, noun
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  • The remaining two, biathlon mixed team relay and luge team relay, would use athletes already entered in individual events.
  • luge has four parts in which athletes take four runs down the track.
  • luge, cross country skiing, ski jumping and snowboarding can be accessed while staying in the area.
British Dictionary definitions for luge

luge

/luːʒ/
noun
1.
a racing toboggan on which riders lie on their backs, descending feet first
verb
2.
(intransitive) to ride on a luge
Word Origin
C20: from French
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Word Origin and History for luge
n.

kind of small toboggan, 1905, from French luge "small coasting sled," from Savoy dialect, from Medieval Latin sludia "sled" (9c.), perhaps from a Gaulish word from the same root as English sled, slide.

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