\ ˈrōst How to pronounce roast (audio) \
roasted; roasting; roasts

Definition of roast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to heat (inorganic material) with access of air and without fusing to effect change (such as expulsion of volatile matter, oxidation, or removal of sulfur from sulfide ores)
3 : to heat to excess roasted by the summer sun
4 : to subject to severe criticism or ridicule films have been roasted by most critics— H. J. Seldes
5 : to honor (a person) at a roast

intransitive verb

1 : to cook food by heat
2 : to undergo being roasted



Definition of roast (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a piece of meat suitable for roasting
2 : a gathering at which food is roasted before an open fire or in hot ashes or sand
3 : an act or process of roasting specifically : severe banter or criticism
4 : a banquet honoring a person (such as a celebrity) who is subjected to humorous tongue-in-cheek ridicule by friends



Definition of roast (Entry 3 of 3)

: that has been roasted roast beef

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of roast in a Sentence

Verb The chicken is roasting in the oven. We roasted the peanuts over the fire. The peanuts roasted over the fire. We were roasting in the hot sun. The movie is being roasted by the critics. Noun She made a roast for dinner. We're having pork roast for dinner.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ahead of the annual celebration, the sound of traditional songs and drums fills the air, as celebrants roast fish over open fires. Special To The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "For tribes, coronavirus becomes barrier to critical gatherings," 1 June 2020 Every day, Noden said, chiles are roasted in the basement and salsa is ground by hand. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Kent restaurant The Battleground embraces social justice on its plates, in its glasses," 26 May 2020 Nelly got roasted for having Wi-Fi issues during his battle with Ludacris. Amir Vera, CNN, "'Verzuz' has everyone flocking to Instagram. Here's why the weekly battles are such a hit," 23 May 2020 Still, Rashad was roasted by other sports journalists after the interview aired. Los Angeles Times, "‘Mike, can you take off the sunglasses?’ Inside Jordan’s infamous gambling interview," 3 May 2020 Harder veg like cauliflower, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts should be roasted or sautéed first. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, "Without My Pantry Pasta Formula, I'd Be Lost (Or At Least Hangry)," 16 Apr. 2020 The coffee beans are roasted in-house and most of the items served are organic. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Here are 8 new restaurants, bars and coffee shops to try in Tempe," 7 Mar. 2020 Seeds are roasted at precise temperatures to lock in the natural toasted, nutty flavor, making this spread the ideal addition to smoothies, baked goods, and any piece of toast that needs extra flavor. Sunset Magazine, "The 99 Pantry Items We Can’t Live Without, from the Ultimate Olive Oil to Heirloom Turmeric," 25 Feb. 2020 Bloomberg was roasted from all sides, most notably by Elizabeth Warren. NBC News, "Morning Rundown: Democrats round on Bloomberg during fractious debate," 20 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun National moments of reckoning — such as Ted Danson’s widely ridiculed appearance in blackface at the 1993 roast for his then-girlfriend, Whoopi Goldberg — also did little to deter the show. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, "Blackface has long been an issue in comedy. Look no further than ‘Saturday Night Live’ for proof.," 25 June 2020 All flavors range from medium to dark roast, and the Luggero Lungo and Armonico Espresso are 100 percent arabica. Popular Science, "Try these Nespresso pods and start your day off right," 22 June 2020 The company returned in May with an online menu featuring its customer favorites as well as salad dressings and meats, including organic roast chicken and rubbed and roasted pork tenderloin. Shauna Stuart |, al, "The Blueroot Company set to open flagship location in Pepper Place," 16 June 2020 The 1993 sketch shows Stern parodying an incident that happened the same year that saw Ted Danson dress in blackface during the Friar’s Club roast of his then-girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg. cleveland, "Howard Stern responds to 1993 blackface video, still criticizes Trump," 16 June 2020 The sketch showed Stern parodying an infamous 1993 incident in which actor Ted Danson dressed in blackface during a Friar's Club roast of his then-girlfriend, Whoopi Goldberg. Rachel Yang,, "Howard Stern responds to resurfaced blackface video where he uses N-word: 'I evolved and changed'," 16 June 2020 In the 1993 skit, part of Stern’s pay-per-view New Year’s Rotten Eve, Stern is seen wearing blackface and parodying Ted Danson's New York Friars Club roast of Whoopi Goldberg. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "'Who is that guy': Howard Stern says he cringes watching old skits of himself wearing blackface and using N-word," 15 June 2020 The 4-quart fryer has a temperature range of 105°F to 400°F and comes with four cooking methods: air fry, roast, reheat, and dehydrate. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Top-Rated Air Fryer Is on Sale Today Only on Amazon," 12 June 2020 This low acid medium roast treats the body delicately and is absolutely delicious. Popular Science, "Great tasting K-cups for your morning cup of coffee," 10 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Our favorite Middle Eastern dinner recipes run the gamut from roast chicken (done the traditional Iraqi and Palestinian ways) to the grilled, stewed, and fried lamb methods that are popular throughout the region. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "53 Best Middle Eastern Recipes," 18 May 2020 C&M Restaurant in Oakland Chinatown, Oakland beer garden Arthur Mac’s Tap & Snack and Oakland’s Monster Pho have shuttered their dine-in areas completely but are still offering to-go roast duck, pizza and Vietnamese noodle soup, respectively. Janelle Bitker,, "Bay Area restaurants turn to delivery, takeout amid coronavirus outbreak," 13 Mar. 2020 Then, a riff on Roman staples — roast duck and turnips — finished with Pompeian red wine (which the town once produced and exported in abundance). Meara Sharma, New York Times, "How to Eat Dinner Like the Last Citizens of Pompeii," 24 Dec. 2019 Most French press experts tend to prefer medium and dark roast coffee, which lends to the slower extraction of oils, flavor, and character of brewing. Myo Quinn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker," 17 Mar. 2020 But the newfangled beverage system dispenses nitro cold brew, dark roast coffee and teas instead of beer. Doreen Christensen,, "New ‘next generation’ Dunkin’ opens in South Florida," 12 Oct. 2019 Perhaps your find delight in reading a great novel, sipping dark roast coffee, or cheering for your favorite team, foam finger and all. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Ask yourself these questions to find your best-self game plan," 14 Sep. 2019 For a different brand of hygge, visit the fashionable Café Atelier September, which serves light-roast coffee from Sweden’s Koppi roastery and the city’s most photographed avocado toast. New York Times, "36 Hours in Copenhagen," 26 Apr. 2018 So, drink cheap, light, filtered coffee, not fancy dark roast coffee in a French press or espresso. Polly Campbell,, "Get the most out of your food with these tips," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of roast


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for roast


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

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The first known use of roast was in the 13th century

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18 Jun 2020

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“Roast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of roast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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
informal : to be very hot



English Language Learners Definition of roast (Entry 2 of 3)

: a piece of meat that is roasted
US : an outdoor party at which food is cooked over an open fire
US : an event at which someone is honored and people tell jokes or funny stories about that person in a friendly way



English Language Learners Definition of roast (Entry 3 of 3)

: cooked by roasting


\ ˈrōst How to pronounce roast (audio) \
roasted; roasting

Kids Definition of roast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to cook with dry heat (as in an oven)
2 : to be or make very hot I roasted in the sun.

Other Words from roast

roaster noun



Kids Definition of roast (Entry 2 of 3)

: cooked with dry heat roast beef



Kids Definition of roast (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a piece of meat suitable for cooking with dry heat
2 : an outdoor party at which food is cooked over an open fire

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