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[trahy-si-kuh l, -sik-uh l] /ˈtraɪ sɪ kəl, -ˌsɪk əl/
a vehicle, especially one for children, having one large front wheel and two small rear wheels, propelled by foot pedals.
a velocipede with three wheels propelled by pedals or hand levers.
a three-wheeled motorcycle.
Origin of tricycle
1820-30; < French; see tri-, cycle Unabridged
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  • Let me get on my tricycle and head out to meet our nearest neighbor.
  • Even if the tricycle motors were eating less than a small serving.
  • The owner of the guesthouse will gladly take visitors on a tour of the lakes and ponds on his motorized tricycle.
  • Their friends don't drive, and they can't get far on a tricycle.
  • Wheel loaders and tricycle based machines are also used to load logs onto trucks.
  • Teach them to wear the helmets correctly on every ride, starting when they get their first bike or tricycle.
  • It was tricycle mounted, its jaws were too small to be effective, and it had a tendency to jam.
  • It had two engines and a relatively slender fuselage with retractable tricycle landing gear.
  • It featured tricycle landing gear and a new tail design.
  • My nephew riding his tricycle on the sidewalk can travel these five blocks in less time than it takes me in my car.
British Dictionary definitions for tricycle


a three-wheeled cycle, esp one driven by pedals
a three-wheeler for invalids
(intransitive) to ride a tricycle
Derived Forms
tricyclist, noun
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Word Origin and History for tricycle

1828, "three-wheeled horse-drawn carriage," from French tricycle (1827); see tri- + cycle (n.). The pedal-powered version is first attested 1868.

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