Complete Definition of "insider"

English
Etymology
from inside + -er

Pronunciation
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-aɪdÉ(r)|-aɪdÉ(r)

Noun
en-noun

#A person who has special knowledge about the inner workings of a group, organization, or institution.
#*1923, "‘Big Board’ Failures," Time, 2 Jul.,
#*:Heavy losses were sustained in Simms Petroleum, which took a greater toll from supposed "Wall Street insiders" than from the general public.
#*2007, Jonathan Clayton, "Profile: Zuma charmed wives and a nation," Times of London (UK), 19 Dec.,
#*:He is also an astute ANC insider who spent ten years on Robben Island alongside Nelson Mandela and the other âgrandeesâ of the movement.

  1. A person who is within an enclosed space.

#*1849, w:Herman_Melville|Herman Melville, Redburn: His First Voyage, ch. 33,
#*:To the insider, the ceiling is like a small firmament twinkling with astral radiations.

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