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 Commercial real estate has a reputation as an insider’s game with many barriers to entry, particularly for people of color. Monte Lee-wen, Forbes, 13 May 2022 But in IndyStar’s weekend behind-the-scenes with McLaren in Miami, motorsports insider Nathan Brown came away with a solid feeling as to where one of F1’s foundational teams fits in the sports’ landscape off-the-track. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 13 May 2022 So the public always saw the Brat Pack as this fun term for the ultimate insider group, but it wasn’t experienced that way by me at the time and some of the others didn’t feel that way either. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2022 Cardinals insider Johnny Venerable tweeted that the Cardinals could be playing at the Carolina Panthers in Week 4 of the 2022 NFL season. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2022 Richards notified his team of his departure on Wednesday morning, one insider added. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 11 May 2022 Go first-hand, and give us the insider scoop on using a hands-free pump. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2022 Electric vehicle maker Rivian dropped by nearly 14% as the insider lockup period for selling the stock expires. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 9 May 2022 An insider also confirms to PEOPLE that the singer and Paul — who have remained out of the public eye for the last few months — dined at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch in Napa Valley on Sunday. Daniela Avila,, 9 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of insider

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Insider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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