Definition of raider in US English:



  • 1A person who attacks an enemy in the enemy's territory; a marauder.

    ‘Scandinavian raiders put down their roots in Cumbria’
    • ‘The new raiders were even more dangerous than their ninth-century ancestors.’
    • ‘What happened when Viking raiders turned into Viking settlers and took land to farm?’
    • ‘At a point eighteen miles northeast of Lethbridge, the Head Chief of this small army had a dream one night which seemed to predict ill fortune for the raiders.’
    • ‘The Confederate navy was spectacularly successful with its commerce raiders, which harassed and destroyed Union ships in global warfare.’
    • ‘Consequently, I deduced that the descendants of Eze Chima were refugees fleeing from the Oba of Benin and his slave raiders.’
    • ‘But they were not invaders who came to stay or to conquer, they were raiders in search of booty and ransom.’
    • ‘It is believed the sailor died when HMAS Sydney was sunk by the German raider, Kormoran off the WA coast on November 19, 1941.’
    • ‘March Colonel James Doolittle and his raiders train at Eglin AAF in Florida for their B-25 bombing raid on Tokyo, which they conduct on April 18.’
    • ‘In eastern Scotland, as in other parts of Europe devastated by Scandinavian attacks, the raiders ' immediate legacy was political and social dislocation.’
    • ‘Armed with machetes and machineguns, the raiders scythe through the rows of huts, torching their thatched roofs.’
    • ‘In 867 York was seized by Danish raiders from the Viking kingdom of Dublin, led by Ivarr and his brother Halfdan.’
    • ‘Sometimes the raiders would be harried on to higher ground, sometimes they would flee through Gleann Einich and over the Moine Mhor.’
    • ‘From the 16th century on, Turkmen raiders on horseback preyed on passing caravans, pillaging and taking prisoners for the slave trade.’
    • ‘Mende grew up in the Nuba Mountains of the Sudan, enjoying a fairytale childhood until the age of 12 when the Mujahidin - Arab raiders - invaded her village.’
    • ‘None of the civilian models have been manufactured in any armed variant, but the modifications are simple enough and many raiders and bandits have fitted their Peregrines with weapons.’
    • ‘The race has been won by Irish-trained raiders on no less than 35 occasions, and by the French once.’
    • ‘In a passage on the war years, he includes the story about the single German air raider firing on the fish shop.’
    • ‘Their country's withdrawal of troops from the rebel republic of Chechnya is the key demand of the raiders.’
    • ‘Ten merchant ships were used as armed merchant raiders, or auxiliary cruisers, and a few were employed as blockade runners between Japan and Germany.’
    • ‘Like the Vikings, the Moros were seagoing traders, slavers and raiders.’
    attacker, assailant
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    1. 1.1 A person who attacks business premises in order to steal.
      ‘masked raiders burst into the 100-seater restaurant’
      • ‘A second raider was believed to have been carrying a gun.’
      • ‘TWO raiders who struck at Burnley Woolworths three times, taking property worth more than £ 4,000, are awaiting sentence.’
      • ‘He declined to give exact details of the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the raiders.’
      • ‘Police today stepped up their hunt for a gang of young raiders who trashed a school causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.’
      • ‘A masked raider armed with a 10 in bread knife forced three workers at a newsagent's shop to hand over cash.’
      • ‘The raider called at The Seagull pub at Seawick Holiday Village, St Osyth, claiming to be making a delivery to the site.’
      • ‘In the same year, the police sergeant was fatally stabbed by raiders outside a post office in New Addington, Surrey.’
      • ‘The raiders in the latest incident, both white, wore black balaclavas.’
      • ‘The raiders broke in the front door of the building, which is unoccupied at night.’
      • ‘In Kazan, raiders have attacked a firm making orthopaedic legs.’
      • ‘In October another shopworker was subjected to a similar ordeal by a knife-wielding raider.’
      • ‘The balaclava-clad raiders made off with 20 paintings worth £ 700,000, the jury at York Crown Court heard.’
      • ‘Masked raiders who beat a publican over the head with a sawn-off shotgun were today being hunted by police.’
      • ‘The raiders then escaped with about £ 300 from a safe.’
      • ‘The net was closing last night on raiders who fired at unarmed gardai during a bank robbery in Co Limerick yesterday.’
      • ‘The raider / raiders used a steel bar to break a large double glazed window at the back of the house.’
      • ‘The raiders are believed to have made their getaway from the back of the nearby Kernanstown housing estate.’
      • ‘Detectives hunting the armed raiders who attacked a North Yorkshire businessman at his home are now focusing their inquiries on the Teesside area.’
      • ‘Unconfirmed reports said some of the raiders had escaped, possibly taking children with them.’
      • ‘On Thursday morning last Ardagh Post Office was broken into by a number of raiders who fled away in the direction of Rathkeale.’