Origin of rider

before 1100; Middle English ridere, Old English. See ride, -er1
Related formsrid·er·less, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of rider

Historical Examples of rider

  • Crane remembered his own suspicion as to Lucretia's rider, but he only said, "Well?"


    W. A. Fraser

  • All at once he remembered that the face of Lauzanne's rider had a dream-like familiarity.


    W. A. Fraser

  • A "bronch fighter" is not more jealous of his sweetheart than of his reputation as a rider.

  • The industry and movements of the rider were not less remarkable than those of the ridden.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • In an instant horse and rider were spinning around like a top.

British Dictionary definitions for rider



a person or thing that rides, esp a person who rides a horse, a bicycle, or a motorcycle
an additional clause, amendment, or stipulation added to a legal or other document, esp (in Britain) a legislative bill at its third reading
British a statement made by a jury in addition to its verdict, such as a recommendation for mercy
any of various objects or devices resting on, surmounting, or strengthening something else
a small weight that can be slid along one arm of a chemical balance to make fine adjustments during weighing
geology a thin seam, esp of coal or mineral ore, overlying a thicker seam
Derived Formsriderless, adjective
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Word Origin and History for rider

"one who rides," Old English ridere "rider, trooper, knight, mounted warrior," agent noun from ride (v.). Meaning "clause tacked on to a document after first draft" is from 1660s. Related: Riderless.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rider in Culture


A provision, usually controversial and unlikely to pass on its own merits, that is attached to a popular bill in the hopes that it will “ride” to passage on the back of the popular bill.

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