[ 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

ve·loc·i·ped·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for velocipede


/ (vɪˈlɒsɪˌpiːd) /


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 for velocipede

C19: from French vélocipède, from Latin vēlōx swift + pēs foot
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