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[ vee-luh-drohm, vel-uh- ]
/ ˈvi ləˌdroʊm, ˈvɛl ə- /


a sports arena equipped with a banked track for cycling.

Nearby words

velocity head, velocity microphone, velocity modulation, velocity of circulation, velocity of money, velodrome, velopharyngeal, velopharyngeal insufficiency, velorum, velour, velours

Origin of velodrome

1890–95; < French vélodrome, equivalent to vélo, shortened form of vélocipède velocipede + -drome -drome Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for velodrome

  • Prince Harry is in the velodrome where British cyclist Laura Trott has just claimed England's 21st gold medal in the omnium.

    Harry Watches Another Gold, Fergie present||August 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • The Olympic stadium, pool and velodrome will go down in history as the places where epic contests were fought and Gold medals won.

  • We use it in its proper sense now in hippodrome, velodrome, aerodrome, &c.

British Dictionary definitions for velodrome


/ (ˈviːləˌdrəʊm, ˈvɛl-) /


an arena with a banked track for cycle racing

Word Origin for velodrome

C20: from French vélodrome, from vélo- (from Latin vēlōx swift) + -drome
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for velodrome



"building for bicycle races," 1902, from French vélodrome, from vélo, colloquial abbreviation of vélocipède (see velocipede) + -drome, as in hippodrome.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper