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.
Recent Examples on the Web Oregon State Beavers football coach Jonathan Smith is using every tool at his disposal to improve his roster - recruiting high school and junior college athletes, as well as pursuing some of the nation’s top players in the transfer portal. oregonlive, "Tre’Shaun Harrison, Florida State WR transfer, added to Oregon State student directory," 17 Jan. 2020 The Panthers also hope to interview Berry for their Executive Vice President of Football Operations job, but will have to offer final say over the roster to receive permission to interview him. cleveland, "Browns will interview Eagles’ Andrew Berry and Patriots’ Monti Ossenfort for their GM job Friday," 16 Jan. 2020 As brilliantly as DeMar DeRozan has played in recent weeks, and as stunning as LaMarcus Aldridge’s overnight transformation has been, Popovich’s roster remains limited. Mike Finger,, "Finger: Even now, Gregg Popovich hasn’t lost sight of big picture," 16 Jan. 2020 As always, that roster includes pop superstars whose music has little or nothing to do with jazz or Louisiana heritage, as well as an array of acts performing jazz, blues, Zydeco and other genres native to the state. al, "New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest releases 2020 lineup," 16 Jan. 2020 The announcement seemed to come as a disappointment for some, especially since the Smash roster is choked with Fire Emblem characters, eight in all. Washington Post, "Smash fans watched a 38-minute Nintendo Direct and all they got was another Fire Emblem character," 16 Jan. 2020 For Memphis, a victory – without former five-star recruit James Wiseman, who elected to leave the program to prepare for the NBA – would enhance credence that the youngest roster in college basketball is maturing. Fletcher Page,, "Cincinnati basketball and No. 22 Memphis meet with validation on the line," 16 Jan. 2020 Dombrowski was fired in September after that World Series hangover refused to fade, with ownership deciding his stars-and-scrubs approach to roster-building wasn’t the ideal direction for the franchise. Chad Finn,, "For Red Sox, good times never seemed so brief," 15 Jan. 2020 One of the most consistent players on the Sugar Land Skeeters roster is scheduled to return to the team after it was announced that Albert Cordero was returning for the 2020 season. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Longtime Sugar Land Skeeters catcher is first player signing for 2020 season," 14 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of roster was in 1727

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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Roster.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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