ros·​ter | \ ˈrä-stər also ˈrȯ- or ˈrō- How to pronounce roster (audio) \

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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With seven newcomers, Louisville's roster will be considerably deeper next season. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Jordan Nwora and Steven Enoch got some feedback from the NBA, and these are their takeaways," 5 June 2019 While veterans such as James Johnson and Dion Waiters remain on the roster, 20-somethings such as Jones and Adebayo appreciate that the franchise's next ascension likely will be dictated by the team's younger core. Ira Winderman,, "Next step for Heat’s Jones? ‘A game that no one has seen before’," 4 June 2019 Acting wise, the big one is Stewart, a necessary ingredient for a show called Picard, but the creative roster is a bit more fleshed out. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About 'Star Trek: Picard'," 16 May 2019 The 23-player Women’s National Team roster announced Thursday for the World Cup kicking off June 7 is far less settled on defense but boasts the world’s best arsenal of scorers. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "U.S. Names Women’s World Cup Roster," 2 May 2019 With the pending addition of free-agent center Brook Lopez following an agreement made on Sunday, the Bucks' roster is verging on full for next season. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With recent additions, Bucks starting to take shape," 9 July 2018 The roster is a little deeper and firmly ensconced in Campbell’s system. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Oklahoma's still the team to beat in the Big 12," 9 July 2018 The move leaves the Marlins with only one true center fielder on the active roster in Cameron Maybin. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Martin Prado is back. Now can the Marlins' veteran third baseman avoid further injury?," 5 July 2018 Missing point guard The Pistons’ summer league roster is missing someone. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons aide Sean Sweeney awed Dwane Casey with defensive schemes," 4 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.
US : 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 How to pronounce roster (audio) \

Kids Definition of roster

: an orderly list of people belonging to some group

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