raid·​er ˈrā-dər How to pronounce raider (audio)
: one that raids: such as
: a fast lightly armed ship operating against merchant shipping
: a soldier specially trained for close-range fighting
: one that attempts a usually hostile takeover of a business corporation
corporate raiders

Examples of raider in a Sentence

The village needs protection from enemy raiders. Raiders had emptied the tomb of treasure. He made his fortune as a corporate raider.
Recent Examples on the Web The bonds were deemed risky but helped finance cable, cellular and media companies and were used by corporate raiders. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 What Kardashian doesn’t want is any association with private equity’s reputation as a corporate raider. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 5 Oct. 2023 Authorities said in an alert Wednesday that the raiders cut a hole in the farm’s chain link fence sometime between 11 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 3:45 a.m. Megan Woolard, Journal Sentinel, 17 Aug. 2023 The effects look cheap, the Louisiana accents are broad and the characters are one-dimensional, but veteran B-picture stars Nicky Whelan (as a tough sheriff), Casper Van Dien (as a notorious criminal) and Louis Mandylor (as the raiders’ leader) all throw themselves into the film’s cheesy spirit. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2023 However, the selection of the episode where Joel and Ellie escape the raiders and resulting in Joel getting stabbed and falling off a horse, is one of the lesser moves seen this year. Clayton Davis, Variety, 3 Aug. 2023 In this study, the team looked at clonal raider ants. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 14 June 2023 Now, a Civil War coin hoard that may have been buried to protect its contents from Confederate raiders is joining the ranks of these fascinating finds. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 July 2023 Icahn, who made his name as a corporate raider in the 1980s, saw his net worth plunge $10 billion in a single day after the report went public. Bywill Daniel, Fortune, 10 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of raider was in 1861

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“Raider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Legal Definition


: one that attempts a usually hostile takeover of a business corporation compare white knight

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