outrider

[out-rahy-der]
noun
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.

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

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outrider (ˈaʊtˌraɪdə)
 
n
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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