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 association says on its website that 24% of its roster—a national selection, and not just arbitrators who specialize in complex cases—is composed of women and minorities. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Lack of Black Arbitrators Discriminatory, Jay-Z Says in New Filing," 28 Nov. 2018 Today, its roster of current and past buyers includes BMW, GM, Hyundai, and Volvo. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "How James David Power III created the only car ranking company you’ve ever heard of.," 27 Nov. 2018 The Mariners have a new plan to rebuild and replenish their roster going forward. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: What does Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto mean about a ‘step back’ in 2019?," 21 Nov. 2018 Catch the monster to toss it into your bag (much bigger in this game) and score experience points for your monster roster. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Pokemon Let’s Go: Well, I guess my adult ass is going to collect them all," 16 Nov. 2018 And when his existing roster of abs moves isn't quite doing the trick? Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Celebrity Trainer Ben Bruno Just Invented a New Core Exercise You Should Try," 16 Nov. 2018 What's happened so far is thanks in large part to SpaceX and its roster of satellite launches and space station missions. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How American Space Launch Left Europe in the Dust," 18 Oct. 2018 To keep up with the demand—and offer guests a stronger sense of place and culture—more resort spas are incorporating elements culled from ancient and local traditions into their modern wellness rosters. Christina Perez, Harper's BAZAAR, "These Ancient Rituals Should Be Your New Go-To Beauty Treatments," 15 Oct. 2018 Today his roster includes the likes of Tiffany Haddish, Mary J. Blige, and Anne Hathaway. Tasbeeh Herwees, The Verge, "How a superstar stylist turned Céline Dion and Zendaya into Instagram icons," 13 Sep. 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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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