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 riderless (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 Meanwhile, sales of single-rider electric vehicles skyrocketed. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "20 Ways 2020 Changed How We Use Technology Forever," 23 Oct. 2020 An arriving officer located the woman rider, who was seated on a front porch. John Benson, cleveland, "Confused drunk driver gives officer credit cards instead of license: North Royalton Police Blotter," 14 Oct. 2020 While only a demonstrator prototype designed for a single rider—the test pilot—the plane represents a milestone in the pursuit of superfast air travel. Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg.com, "Aviation Outsider Builds Supersonic Jet for Transatlantic Flight," 6 Oct. 2020 Pogacar will be the first rider from Slovenia to win the Tour. Ali Zerdin, Star Tribune, "Slovenia celebrates likely 1-2 Tour de France victory," 19 Sep. 2020 Medics pronounced the motorcycle rider dead at the scene. Vic Ryckaert, The Indianapolis Star, "Motorcyclist killed in southeast-side crash," 6 Oct. 2020 Even anti-coronavirus face masks bear the image of the rider who started out as a ski jumper before switching to cycling in 2012 after a harrowing crash. orlandosentinel.com, "Andersen doubles down at Tour de France, wins Stage 19," 18 Sep. 2020 As briefly mentioned before, different displacements are also paired with clutch systems that accommodate the skill level of the intended rider. Popular Science, "Your kid wants a dirt bike. Here’s what to buy them.," 4 Sep. 2020 The motorcycle rider was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Motorcyclist on Davison Freeway dies after being hit from behind," 28 Aug. 2020

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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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26 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rider. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce rider (audio)

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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