roast·​er ˈrō-stər How to pronounce roaster (audio)
: one that roasts
: a device for roasting
: something adapted to roasting: such as
: a suckling pig
: a bird fit for roasting
especially : a young chicken larger than a broiler

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Proud Mary, another legacy roaster serving high-brow brunch, launched several years after Seven Seeds in 2009. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2023 The coffee shop, with a quartz countertop, serves espresso, and coffee blends ground in a roaster on site from coffee beans imported from Brazil, Guatemala and Ethiopia. al, 17 Nov. 2022 This mini cast-iron roaster will give your chef perfectly roasted garlic for recipes or add-ons and works on both a stovetop and a grill. Danny Perez, Popular Mechanics, 2 Nov. 2022 The specialty instant-coffee revolution has reached your local roaster. Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2023 Some new styles are multifunction such as featuring a slow roaster and pressure cooker all in one. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 30 Jan. 2023 Breakfast calls for coffee (or tea — that's available, too), and the cafe has drip coffee with beans from a local roaster, plus barista Maxine Balboa making espresso drinks of all kinds with impressively good cheer. Journal Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2023 Vouvoudakis began his career in coffee straight out of college, working for a roaster in New Jersey, supplying coffee to restaurants and diners in the hospitality world around New York. John Mccarthy, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 Also up for grabs is the All-Clad 11-inch by 14-inch small roaster, which typically retails for $200, but is down to $69.95, giving you a whopping $130.05 in savings. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of roaster was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Roaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition


roast·​er ˈrō-stər How to pronounce roaster (audio)
: a device for roasting meat
: something (as a young chicken) suitable for roasting

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