[vee-luh-drohm, vel-uh-]


a sports arena equipped with a banked track for cycling.

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for velodrome



an arena with a banked track for cycle racing

Word Origin for velodrome

C20: from French vélodrome, from vélo- (from Latin vēlōx swift) + -drome
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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.

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