[ out-rahy-der ]
/ ˈaʊtˌraɪ dər /


a mounted attendant riding before or beside a carriage.
(at a racetrack) a mounted rider who accompanies or leads a racehorse to the post.
a person who goes in advance of an automobile or person to clear a passage.
a person who leads the way or is a member of a vanguard; forerunner.
a person who rides out or forth, especially a scout, cowhand, ranch hand, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. outrank,
  2. outre,
  3. outreach,
  4. outremont,
  5. outride,
  6. outrigger,
  7. outright,
  8. outring,
  9. outro,
  10. outrow

Origin of outrider

1300–50; Middle English: official in a monastery; see out-, rider

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British Dictionary definitions for outrider


/ (ˈaʊtˌraɪdə) /


a person who goes ahead of a car, group of people, etc, to ensure a clear passage
a person who goes in advance to investigate, discover a way, etc; scout
a person who rides in front of or beside a carriage, esp as an attendant or guard
US a mounted herdsman
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Word Origin and History for outrider



mid-14c., from out (adv.) + rider.

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