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.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Her third medal was a bronze in the keirin to go with her gold from the sprint and bronze from the 500 metres time-trial.’
    • ‘Staff followed up that success by winning the world Keirin title as Britain claimed two golds, two silvers and a bronze in Melbourne.’



/ˈkirin/ /ˈkɪrɪn/ /kāˈrin/ /keɪˈrɪn/


1950s Japanese, literally ‘bicycle race’.