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

1300–50; Middle English: official in a monastery; see out-, rider
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Examples from the Web for outrider

Historical Examples

  • "And really, uncle, we need no one at all as an outrider," said Laura.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • The sense of sleep was upon me, and with it the obstinacy which sleep brings as outrider.


    Bram Stoker

  • The boar was in his lair, and the outrider who had turned him aside answered for him.

    Marguerite de Valois

    Alexandre Dumas

  • Their carriage was very handsome, with four black horses and an outrider.

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife

    Mary King Waddington

  • Ivn Petrvich went up to his parents' monument, bowed to it, and went back to be helped into his six-in-hand with an outrider.

British Dictionary definitions for outrider


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


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

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