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
Recent Examples on the Web The colt was caught by an outrider and transported back to a barn. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Training accident leads to 12th horse death at Santa Anita since Dec. 26," 25 Apr. 2020 Unable to maintain social distancing while escorting the horses to the starting gate, outriders covered their mouths with surgical-style masks. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby Fever burns low as Tiz the Law performs at Florida Derby," 28 Mar. 2020 Notably also, these protesters were escorted, at the front and the back of the demonstration, by two police outriders on motorcycles, offering the sort of protection that lately has come to feel rare from the forces of law and order. Ariel Dorfman, The New York Review of Books, "Chile: Notes from a Revolt," 13 Mar. 2020 For central bankers and their economist outriders, asset prices are a sideshow. The Economist, "The culture wars between economists and markets practitioners," 6 Feb. 2020 Even Sean Hannity, the primus inter pares of Trump’s media outriders, seemed a bit discombobulated by the Bolton news. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "John Bolton’s Book Is Making Fools of Trump’s Republican Enablers," 29 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, the leading outrider of Napoleon’s entourage, who saw a cart blocking part of the road ahead and a carriage blocking the other side of the road, pushed between the two vehicles to create a gap for Napoleon’s driver. National Geographic, "The Christmas Eve plot to blow up Napoleon," 20 Dec. 2019 Their outriders release weird rumours into the political atmosphere: one doctored newspaper article, primarily shared by Labour supporters, falsely accuses Jo Swinson, the Lib Dem leader, of slaughtering squirrels in her garden. The Economist, "Bagehot Truth has been the first casualty of Britain’s election," 5 Dec. 2019 Others are intimidated by Trump’s Twitter feed, his crowds, and his media outriders, such as Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "After Gordon Sondland’s Impeachment Testimony: What Will the Republicans Do Now?," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of outrider

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outrider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outrider. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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