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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.

  1. a person who goes in advance of an automobile or person to clear a passage.

  2. a person who leads the way or is a member of a vanguard; forerunner.

  3. a person who rides out or forth, especially a scout, cowhand, ranch hand, or the like.

Origin of outrider

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

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How to use outrider in a sentence

  • Suspecting that he had despatches for me, I directed my outrider to overtake him and find out.

    The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan, Complete | General Philip Henry Sheridan
  • The humming in the air changed to a shrill whistling as the outrider winds of the storm came upon them.

    The Door into Infinity | Edmond Hamilton
  • An outrider, dressed in green and gold, and holding a big whip, rode in on a huge strawberry-roan horse.

    The Near East | Robert Hichens
  • He motioned the outrider aside, sprang into the vehicle and told the driver to draw a little apart from the more public street.

  • Ahead of us an outrider, dressed in a long gown, wore a hat of the inverted bowl shape, decorated with a spreading scarlet tassel.

British Dictionary definitions for outrider


/ (ˈaʊtˌraɪdə) /

  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

  1. a person who rides in front of or beside a carriage, esp as an attendant or guard

  2. US a mounted herdsman

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