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[vuh-los-uh-peed] /vəˈlɒs əˌpid/
a vehicle, usually having two or three wheels, that is propelled by the rider.
an early kind of bicycle or tricycle.
a light, three-wheeled, pedal-driven vehicle for railway inspection, used for carrying one person on a railroad track.
Origin of velocipede
1810-20; < French vélocipède bicycle, equivalent to véloci- (< Latin, stem of vēlōx quick) + -pède -ped
Related forms
velocipedist, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • If desired, this toy may be made up with three wheels like a velocipede.

    Toy Craft Leon H. Baxter
  • Don't you want us to raise the velocipede, so you can ride some more?

    The Rival Campers Ashore Ruel Perley Smith
  • A velocipede he piled on top of it and two pillows and a Noah's Ark and a stuffed squirrel.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • But he had said it himself—I was to have a velocipede "when his ship came in."

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
  • When he recovered, he found himself lying where velocipede had thrown him, and the brute quietly grazing by his side.

  • If there was a velocipede for me on a barge, it would get black and sooty.

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
  • My sympathies do not extend to his lack of a velocipede, which is nothing if not a bewitched and besaddled wheelbarrow.

    The World on Wheels and Other Sketches Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) Taylor
  • Presently a boy on a velocipede was seen to be tooling down towards them.

    Whilomville Stories Stephen Crane
  • The gambler undressed him while Sam Singer sprang aboard the velocipede and sped back toward town to meet the doctor.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • He did not wish anybody in the world but himself to possess a velocipede.

    Whilomville Stories Stephen Crane
British Dictionary definitions for velocipede


an early form of bicycle propelled by pushing along the ground with the feet
any early form of bicycle or tricycle
Derived Forms
velocipedist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French vélocipède, from Latin vēlōx swift + pēs foot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for velocipede

1819, "wheeled vehicle propelled by the feet on the ground," from French vélocipède, from Latin velox (genitive velocis) "swift" (see velocity) + pedem, accusative of pes "foot" (see foot (n.)). Applied to an early kind of bicycle or tricycle in 1849.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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