1. 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.
  2. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sidecar

Contemporary Examples of sidecar

Historical Examples of sidecar

  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for sidecar


  1. a small car attached on one side to a motorcycle, usually for one passenger, the other side being supported by a single wheel
  2. a cocktail containing brandy with equal parts of Cointreau and lemon juice
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