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roost

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noun \ˈrüst\

Definition of roost

  1. 1a :  a support on which birds restb :  a place where winged animals and especially birds customarily roost

  2. 2 :  a group of birds roosting together

Origin and Etymology of roost

Middle English, from Old English hrōst; akin to Old Saxon hrōst attic


First Known Use: before 12th century


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roost

verb

Definition of roost

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to settle down for rest or sleep :  perch

  3. 2 :  to settle oneself as if on a roost

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to supply a roost for or put to roost

Examples of roost in a sentence

  1. Pigeons roost on the building's ledge.

  2. <pigeons flying home to roost on the roof>

1530

First Known Use of roost

1530



ROOST Defined for English Language Learners

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roost

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noun \ˈrüst\

Definition of roost for English Language Learners

  • : a place where birds rest or sleep


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roost

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Definition of roost for English Language Learners

  • of a bird : to rest or sleep somewhere


ROOST Defined for Kids

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roost

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noun \ˈrüst\

Definition of roost for Students

  1. :  a place where birds rest or sleep


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roost

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verb

Definition of roost for Students

roosted

roosting

  1. :  to settle down for rest or sleep <Sparrows roost in the trees.>



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