Definition of nightrider in US English:



  • 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At about the same time, the county Sheriff resigned his office after his house was searched by the nightriders.’
    • ‘Their assailants are not white racist cops or Klan nightriders but black males.’
    • ‘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.’