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[sahyd-kahr] /ˈsaɪdˌkɑr/
a small car attached on one side to a motorcycle and supported on the other side by a wheel of its own, used for a passenger, parcels, etc.
a cocktail made with brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon juice.
Origin of sidecar
First recorded in 1880-85; side1 + car1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • First in line were our pilots in an Indian motorcycle and sidecar.

    The Fight for the Argonne

    William Benjamin West
  • He was out in almost no time pushing an army motorcycle and sidecar.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Yes, the engine's running like a daisy, and the sidecar's on, and Egbert's fussing to be off.

    A Popular Schoolgirl

    Angela Brazil
  • He climbed awkwardly into the sidecar, and the soldier, after a hesitant acceptance, kicked the starter.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • Against them Teddy and a sidecar girl with Raeburn in support made a memorable struggle.

  • Up this comes Heffernan, on his sidecar, driving his best, and in a great hurry to know where he would come on Hughie.

  • They leaned together and the motorcycle and sidecar went careening around the corner of a street.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • They were too busy fighting to get their breath back, and to unwedge themselves from the sidecar.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • No conveyance available except tandem bicycle with sidecar and trailer.

British Dictionary definitions for sidecar


a small car attached on one side to a motorcycle, usually for one passenger, the other side being supported by a single wheel
a cocktail containing brandy with equal parts of Cointreau and lemon juice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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