roast

verb
\ ˈrōst \
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

roast

noun

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

roast

adjective

Definition of roast (Entry 3 of 3)

: that has been roasted roast beef

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Synonyms for roast

Synonyms: Verb

chaff, jive, joke, josh, kid, rally, razz, rib, ride, tease

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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

If your fish counter doesn’t carry sardines, ask about an equally oily substitute suitable for roasting whole. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Easiest Way to Eat More Healthy Fish," 16 Jan. 2019 Nestled among Cypress trees and Monterey pines, the place gives off major '60s vibes thanks to its retro refit, complete with shuffleboard and croquet courts, swimming pools, and fire pits for roasting s'mores. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in California's Secret Wine Country," 8 Jan. 2019 Remove and discard vegetables, rosemary, and neck from the roasting pan. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Rosemary Roasted-Turkey Gravy," 24 Oct. 2018 Instead, eat veggies raw, or steam, blanch or roast them until just crisp-tender, then top with a little olive oil. Aviva Patz And Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "10 Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure," 20 Aug. 2018 If the pieces are thick or uneven, reduce the heat after the first flip and consider a secondary technique like steaming or pan-roasting. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "How one game-changing recipe can make you a better cook: Susan Volland’s ‘Searing Inspiration’," 21 Nov. 2018 The signature preparation, hoba yaki, involves meats and vegetables glazed with miso and fire-roasted on magnolia leaves. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "An Outdoor Outpost of Tulum, in Hudson Square," 3 July 2018 After Kimmel roasted Cruz on his late-night show, the pair got together to play one-on-one, with the loser giving money to the winner’s charity. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Watch Jimmy Kimmel and Ted Cruz play terrible basketball for charity," 19 June 2018 Read the investigation To read the Journal Sentinel's Gasping for Action investigation, into lung hazards tied to chemicals in the coffee-roasting process, go to jsonline.com/gaspingforaction. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 coffee-roasters found to have high levels of dangerous chemicals in the air that make workers sick," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The kitchen gets in whole beasts every week, reserving some cuts for pie fillings, others for the generous, and immensely popular, Sunday afternoon roast. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Where to Find London’s Premium Pies," 23 Jan. 2019 Other celebrities who've praised Garten in the past are Taylor Swift, Katie Couric, and even the Duchess of Sussex–who, as Garten joked, owes her royal engagement to the chef's engagement roast chicken. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "Ina Garten and Jennifer Garner Just Adorably Ate Animal-Style Burgers at In-N-Out Together," 7 Dec. 2018 The menu will include buckwheat-pasta dishes, pressed sandwiches, roast chicken and poached salmon. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Star chef Edouardo Jordan will open another restaurant in Seattle," 22 Oct. 2018 That's partially due to the restaurant's Instagram-worthy circular booth and blush pink brass interiors, but equally important is the crowd-favorite smoking roast chicken. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "What to Wear Around One of New York City’s Coolest Neighborhoods," 8 Oct. 2018 The couple currently resides at the 1,300-square-foot Nottingham Cottage in the Kensington Palace compound, the same location where Prince Harry reportedly proposed to Meghan while cooking roast chicken. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here's All You Need To Know About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Second "Cottage" From Queen Elizabeth," 23 July 2018 The entire roast chicken is juicy without tasting of brine, a rare thing these days. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 On a baking sheet, toss ½ cup walnuts with 1 tsp apple pie spice and roast at 400°F until fragrant, 10 minutes and roughly chop. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pear & Walnut Salad," 21 Dec. 2018 Use a large serrated knife to cut the squash roast crosswise into 8 thick slices, or 12 thinner ones (depending on the appetite of your guests). Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Vegetarian (or vegan) guests for Thanksgiving? Serve them this beauty," 13 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Cover cauliflower and pan with foil and roast 30 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Caper Vinaigrette," 30 Nov. 2018 Cook grains and beans, roast vegetables, prepare ingredients like hummus and pickled onions, wash greens, and even pre-chop or shred some raw veggie ingredients on the weekend for easy weekday meals. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 To dry roast spices, place them in a small, heavy skillet over medium heat. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How Herbs and Spices Can Make You Cook Like a Pro," 13 Nov. 2018 Don’t expect smiles or chitchat from the busy and busty dirndl-wearing waitresses, but do expect plates piled with roast pork belly, crispy schnitzels, potato pancakes, and sauerkraut. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect Long Weekend in Bavaria," 17 Sep. 2018 On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss zucchini with 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; arrange in an even layer and roast 6 minutes. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Roasted Shrimp Scampi," 20 Aug. 2018 Barbecue is a very popular category, as the chain’s mainland name suggests, and it is inspired by Chinese-style char sui ribs and roast pork, though with a special house sauce that is thicker and browner than that at Chinese restaurants. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Where to try Hawaiian plate lunches on the mainland," 28 June 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement story is utterly charming, but there's one detail that fans just can't let go off — the roast chicken. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Ina Garten Jokes She's Responsible for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Getting Engaged," 26 Oct. 2018 Photo: Morgan Thompson One 20-something gave his mom’s standard roast chicken the sous vide treatment. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Sorry Grandma, Your Soup Looks Boring on Instagram. So We’re ‘Fixing’ It," 23 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'roast.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of roast

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for roast

Verb

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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roast

verb

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

roast

noun

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

roast

adjective

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

: cooked by roasting

roast

verb
\ ˈrōst \
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

roast

adjective

Kids Definition of roast (Entry 2 of 3)

: cooked with dry heat roast beef

roast

noun

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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