in·​sid·​er | \ (ˌ)in-ˈsī-dər How to pronounce insider (audio) , ˈin-ˌsī- \

Definition of insider

: a person recognized or accepted as a member of a group, category, or organization: such as
a : a person who is in a position of power or has access to confidential information
b : a person (such as an officer or director) who is in a position to have special knowledge of the affairs of or to influence the decisions of a company

Examples of insider in a Sentence

Political insiders say that she is planning to run for president. The book gives fans an insider's view of Hollywood.
Recent Examples on the Web According to an insider, the two have been quietly cultivating their budding romance for a few weeks. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde Were Spotted Holding Hands at a Wedding," 4 Jan. 2021 Her status as both an outsider and insider to white feminism’s default identity gives her a prime vantage point from which to critique its mechanisms. Nicole Graev Lipson,, "A rousing call for change in Koa Beck’s ‘White Feminism’," 2 Jan. 2021 Painted as a Washington insider, he was defeated in a stunning upset by Harris Wofford, a former president of Bryn Mawr College, who rode anti-Bush sentiments to victory. Washington Post, "Richard L. Thornburgh, former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. attorney general, dies at 88," 31 Dec. 2020 Here are some of our fave spots, with expert picks from local insider Kenya Knight. Sunset Magazine, "A Local’s Guide to Palm Springs," 29 Dec. 2020 The fashion insider began her career as an assistant to Tom Ford during his tenure at Gucci and eventually became SVP of communications at his eponymous brand. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Fashion’s Chicest Florist on Jackie O, Tom Ford, and Dressing for Zoom," 24 Dec. 2020 This year has given us two documentaries about Khashoggi’s life as an outspoken royal insider whose post-Arab Spring evolution as a critic of the regime put a target on his back. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Dissident’ documentary presents the killing of Jamal Khashoggi as a thriller," 24 Dec. 2020 The series, which takes place in early 1800s London, is narrated by an unseen insider (Julie Andrews provides the deliciously plummy voiceover), whose gossipy reports about high-society scandals the characters read with rapt attention. oregonlive, "‘Bridgerton’: A deliciously gifted, diverse cast delivers a smart, sexy period romance (review)," 22 Dec. 2020 As is often the case, there was a bit of insider politics at play. Phil Matier,, "Students raise concerns about Peralta Community College’s new $6.2 million policing plan," 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of insider

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Insider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of insider

: a person who belongs to a group or organization and has special knowledge about it


in·​sid·​er | \ in-ˈsī-dər How to pronounce insider (audio) \

Kids Definition of insider

: a member of a group or organization who has information about it



Legal Definition of insider

: a person who is in a position of power or has access to confidential information: as
a : one (as an officer, director, employee, relative, or owner of more than 10% of the corporation's stock) who is in a position to have special knowledge of the affairs of or to influence the decisions of a company
b : an individual (as a relative or an influential party) or entity (as a corporate affiliate) having a close relationship with a debtor such that transactions are not made at arm's length and are subject to closer scrutiny than the transactions of those dealing at arm's length

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