rider

noun

rid·​er ˈrī-dər How to pronounce rider (audio)
1
: one that rides
2
a
: an addition to a document (such as an insurance policy) often attached on a separate piece of paper
b
: a clause appended to a legislative bill to secure a usually distinct object
3
: something used to overlie another or to move along on another piece
riderless adjective

Example Sentences

Watch out for bike riders while driving. She added a rider to her life insurance policy that increased her coverage. Congress added a rider to the health insurance bill.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rider was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rider. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

rider

noun
rid·​er ˈrīd-ər How to pronounce rider (audio)
1
: one that rides
2
a
: an addition to a document
b
: an additional clause to a legislative bill
3
: something that lies over or moves along on another piece
the scale had riders to measure weight
riderless adjective

Legal Definition

rider

noun
rid·​er
1
: an addition to a document (as an insurance policy) often attached on a separate piece of paper
2
: a clause or provision appended to a legislative bill to obtain a usually distinct object
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