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peloton

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[ pel-uh-ton, pel-uh-ton; French plaw-tawn ]
/ ˈpɛl əˌtɒn, ˌpɛl əˈtɒn; French plɔˈtɔ̃ /
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noun Cycling.
a large pack or cluster of bicyclists in a road race, riding closely together to reduce wind resistance and conserve their energy.
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Origin of peloton

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First recorded in 1935–40; from French: literally, “little ball (especially of thread), small body of soldiers”; see also platoon, peloton2

Other definitions for peloton (2 of 2)

peloton2
[ pel-uh-ton, pel-uh-ton; French plaw-tawn ]
/ ˈpɛl əˌtɒn, ˌpɛl əˈtɒn; French plɔˈtɔ̃ /

noun
an ornamental glass made in Bohemia in the late 19th century, usually having a striated overlay of glass filaments in a different color.
Also called pel·o·ton glass [pel-uh-ton glas] /ˈpɛl əˌtɒn ˈglæs/ .

Origin of peloton

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First recorded in 1710–20; from French: literally, “ball, ball of string,” equivalent to pelote “ball” + -on diminutive suffix; see pellet, peloton1
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British Dictionary definitions for peloton

peloton
/ (ˈpɛləˌtɒn) /

noun
cycle racing the main field of riders in a road race

Word Origin for peloton

C20: French, literally: pack
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