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 Morfin was also accused of using profanity toward the outrider on duty. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2021 Morning outrider John Cortez cited Salcedo on April 1. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2021 So, it was decided the best way to handle this was to have Santa Anita’s security to issue a citation after the infraction was reported by an outrider. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2020 The colt was caught by an outrider and transported back to a barn. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 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, 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, 13 Mar. 2020 For central bankers and their economist outriders, asset prices are a sideshow. The Economist, 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, 29 Jan. 2020

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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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“Outrider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outrider. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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