out·​rid·​er | \ ˈau̇t-ˌrī-dər How to pronounce outrider (audio) \

Definition of outrider

1 : a mounted attendant
2 : one who escorts or clears the way for a vehicle or person
3 : forerunner, harbinger outriders of a new political movement

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Examples of outrider in a Sentence

sexologist Alfred Kinsey is now viewed as an outrider of the sexual revolution of the 1960s

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Vale elicits the help of the outriders with the IDs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Del Mar has team of veterinarians looking out for horses’ welfare," 1 Aug. 2019 The horse ran the wrong direction around the track and evaded outriders. Tod Leonard, Los Angeles Times, "Catalina Cruiser shows new tricks by winning San Diego Handicap," 20 July 2019 The horse ran the wrong direction around the track and evaded outriders. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Catalina Cruiser repeats in San Diego ‘Cap; jockey Rosario sweeps graded stakes," 20 July 2019 He was then judged to be disrespectful of outrider John Cortez after the incident. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Congratulations to Marley’s Freedom," 7 July 2019 For morning workouts, veterinarians will occupy elevated viewing areas and communicate with outriders to remove suspicious horses from the track and have them undergo a follow-up exam. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Del Mar strengthens safety standards following Santa Anita horse deaths," 2 July 2019 And, in that same race horse Silenced and jockey Tiago Pereira checked out OK after the 3-year-old gelding blew the turn heading into the stretch with Pereira ending up on the turf and the outrider grabbing Silenced. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Will the Breeders’ Cup stay at Santa Anita?," 3 June 2019 An outrider tried to swoop in at the top of the stretch and corral Bodexpress, but the horse sped up and passed a few competitors near the finish line and kept going. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "War of Will wins Preakness featuring riderless running horse," 19 May 2019 As one of two head outriders for the Maryland Jockey Club responsible for keeping order on the racetrack, Kaymarie Kreidel has to be mounted on a horse that is alert but calm. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Meet Butterscotch the goat, barn mascot for a Preakness outrider and her horses," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of outrider

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outrider was circa 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of outrider

: a person (such as a police officer) who rides a horse or motorcycle next to or in front of a vehicle that is carrying an important person as a form of protection

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