Definition of rough-rider in English:



North American
  • 1A person who breaks in or can ride unbroken horses.

    1. 1.1A person who rides horses frequently.
      • ‘At the end of the day the ravenous gang of cow-punchers and rough-riders sat down to a hearty meal.’
    2. 1.2A member of a volunteer cavalry force during the Spanish-American War.
      • ‘The regiment that he led, known as the Rough Riders, attacked the Spanish in Cuba on 1 July 1898 in a battle that made him a national hero.’
      • ‘When Theodore Roosevelt's bid to seize the GOP nomination from President Taft failed on a first-ballot vote at the 1912 convention, the old Rough Rider accused party officials of rigging the process.’
      • ‘He became commander of the First Volunteer Cavalry, the Rough Riders, with Roosevelt as his No.2.’
      • ‘In 1898 Roosevelt saw combat as commander of the First US Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, known as The Rough Riders, in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.’
      • ‘He was turned down by Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War.’