Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A guide; an escort.
  • n. One that goes in advance; a forerunner.
  • n. A mounted attendant who rides in front of or beside a carriage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A guide or escort, especially one who rides in advance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A summoner whose office is to cite men before the sheriff.
  • n. One who rides out on horseback, beyond the main group, e. g., as a scout.
  • n. A servant on horseback attending a carriage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who rides out or forth.
  • n. A person on horseback, especially a servant, who precedes or accompanies a carriage.
  • n. One who is in the habit of riding out for pleasure.
  • n. A highwayman.
  • n. A commercial traveler.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an escort who rides ahead (as a member of the vanguard)

Etymologies

Middle English outridere (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The idea of a "continuing coalition" was first floated by Nick Boles, the Tory MP, who is seen as an "outrider" for the group of Tory modernisers around Mr Cameron.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • These days it seems carrying a party card does not disqualify you from being an outrider for a Tory government.

    Letters: We'll meet again

  • IBM is something of an outrider in tech's biggest trend.

    IBM's Hidden Cloud

  • "That means that if you're a racing official, if you're an outrider, if you're a gate crew person, if you're a food and beverage person, if you're a mutual clerk and you work at racetracks, there's no longer year-round employment," Arnold said.

    Arlington Park's Future Uncertain: Financial Woes Plague Race Track

  • Yatir, an outrider set in a national forest behind a Bedouin village at the southern edge of the region, has become even pricier than Castel: $70 for the current 2006 Yatir Forest.

    Young Vineyards, Biblical Pedigrees

  • She was breathing hard, worrying her cuff as she stared at a sprawling magnolia tree we were passing, an outrider of a or chestnut forest, bordering a huge cotton field, the tufts bursting.

    Edge

  • Soon after the Leader was finished, three identical military helicopters took off from the next parking lot, one carrying its divine cargo back to Tehran, with two outrider decoys on the same flight path.

    Let the Swords Encircle Me

  • An outrider comes back to us and says that they have found my husband lodged in an inn at Whetstone, and we follow him as he leads us down the muddy lanes to the little village.

    The Red Queen

  • An outrider gets pulled down, but the main battle, tightly grouped, shoots like an arrow around the back of the Tudor army, who see the danger, and stagger and try to turn, but can do nothing but watch the galloping charge towards their leader.

    The Red Queen

  • I directed my outrider to overtake him and find out.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

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