ros·ter | \ˈrä-stər also ˈrȯ- or ˈrō- \

Definition of roster 

1a : a roll or list of personnel

b : such a list giving the order in which a duty is to be performed a duty roster

c : the persons listed on a roster

2 : an itemized list

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Examples of roster in a Sentence

His name has been added to the team roster. The team has a roster of 40 players.

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The Orioles added Ramírez to the 40-man roster after the season. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles right-hander Yefry Ramírez has embraced change on winding path to major leagues," 14 July 2018 The Mets released pitcher Marcos Molina to make room for Matt den Dekker on the 40-man roster. Seth Berkman, New York Times, "Mets’ Jacob deGrom Throws a Gem, With His Future Unclear," 11 July 2018 He was recalled from Double-A San Antonio on Sunday morning to supplement the Padres’ strained bullpen, essentially, because he was rested and on the 40-man roster. Kevin Acee,, "Padres notes: Walks this way (like Myers); Diaz shows command," 9 July 2018 Jesus Tinoco, on the Colorado Rockies ' 40-man roster, lasted five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits. Staff Report,, "Reading's Kilome Shuts Down Yard Goats," 3 July 2018 More so than almost any other player on their current roster, Scott has the youth and potential — not to mention a fastball that has bumped up past 100 mph this summer — to carve out his role as a cornerstone bullpen piece in Baltimore. Jon Meoli,, "Tanner Scott can't close the door, and Orioles open series with 5-4 loss to Rangers," 14 July 2018 Other than Marta, the Pride should have their full roster available for Saturday’s match. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride have sense of urgency going into match against Utah Royals," 13 July 2018 With those two players included, the Bucks have 15 players on their roster and a cap figure of about $116 million, which is $14 million above the salary cap and about $7.7 million under the luxury tax. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jabari Parker nearing offer sheet deal with Chicago Bulls," 13 July 2018 On Thursday morning, the Washington Wizards announced the signing of center Dwight Howard and with this act, their roster and locker room have officially become one of the most intriguing story lines of the 2018-19 NBA season. Candace Buckner, Houston Chronicle, "Ex-Rocket Dwight Howard officially signs with Wizards," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of roster

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for roster

Dutch rooster, literally, gridiron; from the parallel lines

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English Language Learners Definition of roster

: a list of the people or things that belong to a particular group, team, etc.

: a group of people or things whose names are included on a roster

: a list that shows the order in which a job or duty is to be done by the members of a group


ros·ter | \ˈrä-stər \

Kids Definition of roster

: an orderly list of people belonging to some group

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