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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Yet the exclusions list turned into a political nightmare, as critics like Tom Cotton of Arkansas focused on dangerous crimes that didn’t make the roster. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Criminal Justice Advances," 16 Dec. 2018 The actress posted a Polaroid photo on Instagram featuring some members of the A-List roster. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emma Watson Shared the First Cast Photo from Greta Gerwig's Little Women," 14 Dec. 2018 Not long after the Belk Bowl, Appleby, who married former U of L cheerleader Leslie Courtney while still playing at Louisville, took an IT job near his wife's hometown in Charlotte after trying to make an NFL roster. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Former U of L punter Josh Appleby now holds vital role for NASCAR team," 13 July 2018 The Sox called up Sam Travis from Triple A Pawtucket to fill the roster spot. Julian Benbow,, "Red Sox place Andrew Benintendi on bereavement leave," 13 July 2018 The Final Vote keeps the door open for one of five National and American League players to still make the roster, and the voting is open until 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Who you should pick for All-Star Final Vote based on each team's pitch," 11 July 2018 Marsh has his eyes on the players most likely to make the 2019 varsity roster, but having 41 players under the same umbrella this summer helps build program-wide continuity. Steve Reaven,, "Deerfield baseball focused on development during summer schedule," 9 July 2018 White has a chance to make the 53-man roster this season with a strong training camp. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Cowboys' White faces assault charges for brandishing gun in road rage incident; attorney says he's innocent," 9 July 2018 The Heat, which will play the final game of the California Classic Thursday at 5 p.m. (NBA TV) against the hometown Sacramento Kings before leaving for Las Vegas, has a two-way roster spot open and Robinson could be an early favorite to land it. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Former Michigan star opening eyes on Heat summer league team with 3-point touch, IQ," 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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