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  1. a vehicle, usually having two or three wheels, that is propelled by the rider.
  2. an early kind of bicycle or tricycle.
  3. a light, three-wheeled, pedal-driven vehicle for railway inspection, used for carrying one person on a railroad track.
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Origin of velocipede

1810–20; < French vélocipède bicycle, equivalent to véloci- (< Latin, stem of vēlōx quick) + -pède -ped
Related formsve·loc·i·ped·ist, noun
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Related Words for velocipede

bike, cycle, wheels, tandem, velocipede, two-wheeler

Examples from the Web for velocipede

Historical Examples of velocipede

  • Yes, and the velocipede; you've got the scar of that yet, I see.

    An Old-fashioned Girl

    Louisa May Alcott

  • They were standing in the door, just outside which, on the sidewalk, was a velocipede.

  • The "draisena" was the forerunner of the velocipede and bicycle.

  • Don't you want us to raise the velocipede, so you can ride some more?

    The Rival Campers Ashore

    Ruel Perley Smith

  • If desired, this toy may be made up with three wheels like a velocipede.

    Toy Craft

    Leon H. Baxter

British Dictionary definitions for velocipede


  1. an early form of bicycle propelled by pushing along the ground with the feet
  2. any early form of bicycle or tricycle
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Derived Formsvelocipedist, noun

Word Origin for velocipede

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

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