rid·​er | \ ˈrī-dər How to pronounce rider (audio) \

Definition of rider

1 : one that rides
2a : 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

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Other Words from rider

riderless \ ˈrī-​dər-​ləs How to pronounce rider (audio) \ adjective

Examples of rider in a Sentence

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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Recent Examples on the Web Both bikes use a single-speed freewheel hub for a direct connection between the rider and the road. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 20 Sep. 2021 Police established contact with a bicycle rider on June 23. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, 12 July 2021 The partnership between rider and horse becomes its own expression. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 16 June 2021 DeSoto residents along multiple stops for $1 and is free for children 12 and under with a paying rider, seniors 60 years old or older, veterans and disabled riders. Tyler Carter, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 One popular option for pre-retirees is a living benefits rider. Tayvon Jackson, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Pam Moore is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colo., and is both an e-bike rider and road cyclist. Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 His character, Mike Milo, is a retired rodeo rider; the love interest, as Old Male Hollywood used to call it, is a Mexican cantina owner played by Natalia Traven, who is nearly 40 years younger than Eastwood. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 15 Sep. 2021 One of their leaders is the bicycle rider who gave Trump the famous middle finger in 2019. Max B. Sawicky, The New Republic, 30 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of rider

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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15 Oct 2021

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“Rider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rider. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rider

: a person who rides something
: an official document that is attached to another document and that adds to or changes information in the original document
: an additional part added to a legislative bill



Legal Definition of rider

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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