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[rey-der] /ˈreɪ dər/
a person or thing that raids.
a commando, ranger, or the like, specially trained to participate in military raids.
a light, fast warship, aircraft, etc., used in such a raid.
a person who seizes control of a company, as by secretly buying stock and gathering proxies.
Informal. a person who works within an organization for the purpose of gathering evidence of wrongdoing.
Origin of raider
First recorded in 1860-65; raid + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Anton had been with me three years when this raider appeared.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • "Boy Scouts of the Sea," watch us do our partIf a raider or a sub.

    With the Colors

    Everard Jack Appleton
  • Then she sat down at Mr. raider's desk, and drew a pad of paper toward her.

    Prudence Says So

    Ethel Hueston
  • I am a minister's daughter, Mr. raider, I can't talk about people's troubles.

    Prudence Says So

    Ethel Hueston
  • "We called her 'the raider,'" says this friend, who was also a warm admirer.

    Woman's Work in the Civil War Linus Pierpont Brockett
  • She steamed towards the raider, which made off at full speed.

    Brandon of the Engineers

    Harold Bindloss
  • But no other raider was in sight; there was no other “nodal centre” of gun-fire and searchlights.

    Many Fronts Lewis R. Freeman
  • But very few did so, however, and these were wholly confined to the raider crowd.

  • He seemed to have known from the first that the raider would run that way.

  • Soon, he would be above them all, and perhaps above the raider.

Word Origin and History for raider

1863, agent noun from raid (v.). A word from the American Civil War.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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