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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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Related Words for outrider

forerunner, harbinger, detective, recruiter, herald, usher, vanguard, messenger, outrider, lookout, sleuth, patrol, escort, picket, spy, runner, adventurer, outpost, pioneer, guard

Examples from the Web for outrider

Historical Examples of outrider

  • "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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