Definition of rider in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrʌɪdə/


1A person who is riding or who can ride a horse, bicycle, motorcycle, etc. two riders approached the cottage she was a skilled rider
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  • The shop provided saddles, boots, and other riding equipment for riders at south Florida racetracks.
  • As he intended, he is once again the best young rider in the race.
  • Reece now wants to develop his riding and hopes to become a top dressage rider.
2A condition or proviso added to something already agreed: one rider to the deal—if the hurricane heads north, we run for shelter
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  • A few years ago the US introduced a pernicious rider to their new telecommunications legislation.
  • Just as a rider to that, policing operations, in their widest context, normally can go on for years.
  • With an environmental rider to the 1999 budget, they succeeded: the date was bumped four years to 2005.
2.1British An addition or amendment to a bill at its third reading.
2.2British A recommendation or comment added by the jury to a judicial verdict: a rider was also added: the question of liability was dependent upon the purpose of the disclosure
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  • At his inquest the jury added a rider to its verdict urging further research into Roaccutane and its side-effects.
  • No evidence was called on their behalf, and when convicting the jury added this rider.
  • The committee was forced to add a number of riders to this verdict, however.
2.3A supplementary clause in a performer’s contract specifying food, drink, etc., to be provided.
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  • It was much better to eat at the hotel and bung it on room service than suffer backstage food which was so rank that within the next decade bands wised up and put riders in their contracts specifying what they wanted.
  • Diet Coke is asked for, by name, in contract riders from a wide variety of artists, ranging from Michael W. Smith to Nine Inch Nails.
  • What sort of stygian rider clauses did the Air contract contain?
3A small weight positioned on the beam of a balance for fine adjustment.



Pronunciation: /ˈrʌɪdələs/
Example sentences
  • Peering from behind my hands, I watch as the horses fall, or throw their rider, or watch as loose, riderless horses veer across the track.
  • She suffered multiple injuries and died almost instantly when she was struck by Bacon's powerful Honda Fireblade machine, which flew riderless into the bus queue after he crashed while trying to overtake a right-turning car.
  • As our tour leader overtook us on foot and unhurriedly remounted the riderless horse obediently following the one in front, I began to question how wild these horses truly were.


Late Old English rīdere 'mounted warrior, knight' (see ride, -er1).

Words that rhyme with rider

chider, cider, divider, eider, glider, Guider, Haida, hider, Ida, insider, Oneida, outsider, provider, Ryder, Saida, slider, spider, strider, stridor

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