road·ster | \ˈrōd-stər \

Definition of roadster 

1a : a horse suitable for riding or driving on roads

b : a utility saddle horse of the hackney type

2a : a light carriage : buggy

b : an automobile with an open body that seats two and has a folding fabric top and often a luggage compartment or rumble seat in the rear

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For 2019, the 2.0-liter four in Mazda’s MX-5 roadster goes from 155 horses to 181. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Mazda MX-5 gets 26-hp boost," 23 June 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drove off in the Jaguar E-Type Zero -- a 1968 roadster retrofitted by the luxury manufacturer with an electric motor last year. Thom Leavy, CBS News, "This car stole the show at the royal wedding," 21 May 2018 Nissan debuted this one-off 370Z roadster fully-functional convertible on snow treds for the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Robert Duffer,, "Nissan rips up Chicago Auto Show with 370Z snowmobile," 7 Feb. 2018 The Slingshot is technically a motorcycle, though Polaris likes to call it an open-air roadster. Alex Davies, WIRED, "The Delightfully Nonsensical Slingshot Might Just Be the Future of Driving," 4 July 2018 The company launched a Tesla roadster near the orbit of Mars earlier this year, and SpaceX CEO claims its next big rocket, the BFR, will be ready for early testing by next year. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA needs to update its rules on how to keep the Solar System clean, report says," 5 July 2018 The view to the sides and rear is even better, provided the roadster’s top is down. Car and Driver, "2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata," 20 Mar. 2018 From a roadster that resembles a three-wheeled Batmobile to a pedal-yourself pub, here are some of the new and emerging methods for getting around Sin City that more closely fit into the over-the-top vibe. Anne Burke, San Francisco Chronicle, "Five wackiest ways to get around Las Vegas," 2 May 2018 Earlier this year, the nonprofit created tiny digital storage devices — called Archs — containing the entirety of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy, which then rode into space inside the Tesla roadster launched aboard SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Arch Foundation’s first step toward building a Lunar Library," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of roadster

circa 1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of roadster

: a car that has two seats and a fabric top that folds back

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