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[yoo-nuh-sahy-kuh l] /ˈyu nəˌsaɪ kəl/
a vehicle with one wheel, especially a pedal-driven device kept upright and steered by body balance, commonly used by acrobats and other performers.
verb (used without object), unicycled, unicycling.
to ride a unicycle.
Origin of unicycle
1865-70, Americanism; uni- + cycle
Related forms
unicyclist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unicycle
  • Another crow wheeled around at one point on a unicycle.
  • It's a rarefied feat, the aesthetic equivalent of juggling while riding a unicycle.
  • In this particular case, it was a clown on a unicycle, pedalling through an open square on campus.
  • In warmer months, he likes to ride a unicycle on mountain trails.
  • It might be a car that fits neatly into a backpack, a unicycle that folds up into a shrimp fork, or a solar-powered scooter.
British Dictionary definitions for unicycle


a one-wheeled vehicle driven by pedals, esp one used in a circus, etc Also called monocycle
Derived Forms
unicyclist, noun
Word Origin
from uni- + cycle, on the model of tricycle
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Word Origin and History for unicycle

1869, American English, from Latin uni- "one" (see uni-) + -cycle, from bicycle (from Greek kyklos "circle, wheel").

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