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[rey-der] /ˈreɪ dər/
a person or thing that raids.
a commando, ranger, or the like, specially trained to participate in military raids.
a light, fast warship, aircraft, etc., used in such a raid.
a person who seizes control of a company, as by secretly buying stock and gathering proxies.
Informal. a person who works within an organization for the purpose of gathering evidence of wrongdoing.
Origin of raider
1860-65; raid + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Against this place Morgan the raider, at the head of 4,000 men, marched on the 7th of December.

    Campfire and Battlefield Rossiter Johnson
  • "Boy Scouts of the Sea," watch us do our partIf a raider or a sub.

    With the Colors Everard Jack Appleton
  • Anton had been with me three years when this raider appeared.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Then she sat down at Mr. raider's desk, and drew a pad of paper toward her.

    Prudence Says So Ethel Hueston
  • Mr. raider looked searchingly into the white face, and noted the frightened eyes.

    Prudence Says So Ethel Hueston
  • I am a minister's daughter, Mr. raider, I can't talk about people's troubles.

    Prudence Says So Ethel Hueston
  • Moments later, Exman was being hauled up through the hatch and transferred aboard the raider.

  • She steamed towards the raider, which made off at full speed.

    Brandon of the Engineers Harold Bindloss
  • The Brungarian raider was no longer visible even as a faint blip on their radarscope.

  • But no other raider was in sight; there was no other “nodal centre” of gun-fire and searchlights.

    Many Fronts Lewis R. Freeman
Word Origin and History for raider

1863, agent noun from raid (v.). A word from the American Civil War.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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