Definition of nightrider in English:

nightrider

noun

  • A member of a secret band of mounted men who committed nocturnal acts of violence and intimidation against blacks in the southern US during Reconstruction.

    • ‘But their opponents were well-funded and managed to marshal marketing innovations like advance ticket sales, reserved seating, special trains from Connecticut and New Jersey and huge Times Square billboards of Klan nightriders.’
    • ‘Their assailants are not white racist cops or Klan nightriders but black males.’
    • ‘At about the same time, the county Sheriff resigned his office after his house was searched by the nightriders.’
    • ‘In July 1868, Brownlow called the state legislature back into special session and urged that Assemblymen renew an act calling up the state militia and pass punitive legislation against the nightriders.’

Pronunciation

nightrider

/ˈnītˌrīdər/