out·​rid·​er ˈau̇t-ˌrī-dər How to pronounce outrider (audio)
: a mounted attendant
: one who escorts or clears the way for a vehicle or person
: forerunner, harbinger
outriders of a new political movement

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 Through the front doors — which boast double leather horse collars — the entryway features an equine sculpture placed on a piece that Churchill Downs outrider Lee Lockwood once had atop his horse. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 1 May 2024 Because Lezcano had help from an outrider to cross the finish line, the last-place run did not technically count as a finish in the race. Praveena Somasundaram, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2023 Depending on the race, there are three or four outriders positioned along the outside rail of the track. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Aug. 2023 But almost nothing — from the outriders to the silks to even Equibase — identified Saturday’s races as Churchill Downs racing at Ellis Park. Stephanie Kuzydym, The Courier-Journal, 10 June 2023 Those looking to the spot where the horse pulled up see an outrider arrive first. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2023 The 3-year-old trained by Richard Mandella was quickly controlled by an outrider after the finish. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 Speaking from Lexington, Kentucky, Reed praised the outrider for his efforts in trying to get Rich Strike to calm down after an intense race. Brooks Holton, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 Speaking from Lexington, Reed praised the outrider for his efforts in trying to get Rich Strike to calm down after an intense race. Brooks Holton, The Courier-Journal, 9 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 23 Jun. 2024.

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out·​rid·​er ˈau̇t-ˌrīd-ər How to pronounce outrider (audio)
: a mounted escort
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