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verb \ˈrōst\

Simple Definition of roast

  • : to cook (food such as chicken, potatoes, or beef) with dry heat in an oven or over a fire

  • : to dry (something, such as a bean or nut) with heat

  • : to be very hot

Full Definition of roast

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cook by exposing to dry heat (as in an oven or before a fire) or by surrounding with hot embers, sand, or stones <roast a potato in ashes> b :  to dry and parch by exposure to heat <roast coffee beans>

  3. 2 :  to heat (inorganic material) with access of air and without fusing to effect change (as expulsion of volatile matter, oxidation, or removal of sulfur from sulfide ores)

  4. 3 :  to heat to excess <roasted by the summer sun>

  5. 4 :  to subject to severe criticism or ridicule <films have been roasted by most critics — H. J. Seldes>

  6. 5 :  to honor (a person) at a roast

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to cook food by heat

  9. 2 :  to undergo being roasted

Examples of roast

  1. The chicken is roasting in the oven.

  2. We roasted the peanuts over the fire.

  3. The peanuts roasted over the fire.

  4. We were roasting in the hot sun.

  5. The movie is being roasted by the critics.

Origin of roast

Middle English rosten, from Anglo-French rostir, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German rōsten to roast

First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with roast




Simple Definition of roast

  • : a piece of meat that is roasted

  • : an outdoor party at which food is cooked over an open fire

  • : an event at which someone is honored and people tell jokes or funny stories about that person in a friendly way

Full Definition of roast

  1. 1 :  a piece of meat suitable for roasting

  2. 2 :  a gathering at which food is roasted before an open fire or in hot ashes or sand

  3. 3 :  an act or process of roasting; specifically :  severe banter or criticism

  4. 4 :  a banquet honoring a person (as a celebrity) who is subjected to humorous tongue-in-cheek ridicule by friends

Examples of roast

  1. She made a roast for dinner.

  2. We're having pork roast for dinner.

14th Century

First Known Use of roast

14th century




Simple Definition of roast

  • : cooked by roasting

Full Definition of roast

  1. :  that has been roasted <roast beef>

14th Century

First Known Use of roast

14th century

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February 11, 2016

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