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or jin·rick·sha, jin·rick·shaw, jin·rik·sha

[jin-rik-shaw, -shah]
  1. a small, two-wheeled, cartlike passenger vehicle with a fold-down top, pulled by one person, formerly used widely in Japan and China.
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Origin of jinrikisha

1870–75; < Japanese, equivalent to jin person + -riki power + -sha vehicle (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese rénlì shē)
Also called rickshaw.
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Examples from the Web for jinrikisha

Historical Examples of jinrikisha

  • Take, for example, the poor fellow who pulls the jinrikisha.

    Where Half The World Is Waking Up

    Clarence Poe

  • He used to go to university by a jinrikisha; it took about 40 minutes.

  • The man-power vehicle, par excellence, is the jinrikisha of Japan.

    How to Travel

    Thomas W. Knox

  • Riding with a jinrikisha is cheap enough for the most contracted purse.

    How to Travel

    Thomas W. Knox

  • The jinrikisha is the commonest of all vehicles now in use in Japan.

    Japanese Girls and Women

    Alice Mabel Bacon

British Dictionary definitions for jinrikisha


jinricksha, jinrickshaw or jinriksha

  1. other names for rickshaw
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Word Origin for jinrikisha

C19: from Japanese, from jin man + riki power + sha carriage
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