a ship or person that passes through a blockade.

Origin of blockade-runner

First recorded in 1860–65
Related formsblock·ade-run·ning, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blockade-runner

Historical Examples of blockade-runner

  • No one certainly supposed for a moment that she was an Alexandrian blockade-runner.

    Lords of the World

    Alfred John Church

  • The plan was to give this floating volcano the appearance of a blockade-runner.

  • The blockade-runner showed no colors; and no flag could have been of any service to her.

    A Victorious Union

    Oliver Optic

  • She took passage upon a blockade-runner which, after pursuit, succeeded in reaching the port of Wilmington, North Carolina.

    As I Remember

    Marian Gouverneur

  • A blockade-runner like the Kate, which made forty trips or more, would enrich her owners almost beyond the dreams of avarice.

    The Civil War Through the Camera

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson