ros·​ter ˈrä-stər How to pronounce roster (audio)
 also  ˈrȯ-,
 or  ˈrō-
: a roll or list of personnel
: such a list giving the order in which a duty is to be performed
a duty roster
: the persons listed on a roster
: an itemized list

Examples of roster in a Sentence

His name has been added to the team roster. The team has a roster of 40 players.
Recent Examples on the Web The list of those on Team Pau’s roster included San Antonio Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama, Charlotte Hornets rookie Brandon Miller and Jaquez. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 17 Feb. 2024 Twenty former Pac-12 players were on the WNBA roster on opening day in 2023, giving the conference the highest total based on per-membership averages. Susan M. Shaw, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 But Lynch once again will have a surplus of draft picks, in addition to a good starting QB in Brock Purdy, 24, whose meager salary will enable ample spending on a star-laden roster. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Feb. 2024 The Bruins should also use the transfer portal as it was intended — to fill a few holes and solidify an already strong base of high school recruits, not to remake the roster each offseason. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024 They were linked to the likes of OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Kyle Kuzma and Zach LaVine, but ultimately McNair and assistant general manager Wes Wilcox decided to keep the roster intact. Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 16 Feb. 2024 The Bucks have two 2024 All-Star starters on the roster, Lillard and two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, and are third in the Eastern Conference, despite their recent struggles. Sam Joseph, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024 The quarters are a bit tighter than usual, with the roster’s service-time leader Alex Cobb the only player with an additional stall. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 15 Feb. 2024 Here is a breakdown of the Panthers’ roster inherited by Canales and Morgan, with analysis: Quarterback Under contract: Bryce Young, Andy Dalton Reserve/future signings: N/A Impending free agents: N/A Thoughts: Canales was hired, at least in part, due to his effectiveness with quarterbacks. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Dutch rooster, literally, gridiron; from the parallel lines

First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of roster was in 1727

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“Roster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


ros·​ter ˈräs-tər How to pronounce roster (audio)
: a list usually of people belonging to some group

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