Share this entry
keirin Syllabification: kei·rin
Pronunciation: /ˈki(ə)rin/ /kāˈrin/

Definition of keirin in English:


A racing event in which cyclists ride several laps around an indoor track behind a motorized pacesetter before sprinting to the finish.
Example sentences
  • Nothstein, clearly the most dominant men's sprinter on the track, missed a second medal in the Keirin, finishing fifth.
  • The Keirin, making its Olympic debut in Sydney, is wildly popular in Japan, where people can bet on professional riders.
  • The programme will consist of keirin and sprint competitions, an invitation keirin and the head-to-head Britain and France Team Sprint.


1950s: Japanese, literally 'bicycle race'.

Definition of keirin in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources