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 Also confounding is how the Texans added important pieces to their roster at the end of the offseason, and also losing and then getting back J.J. Watt at some unknown strength. Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley’s Texans-Bills Q&A with Tim Graham," 2 Jan. 2020 The Sixers have lost three in a row to teams with players on their roster from a year ago having strong games in Markelle Fultz (Orlando), Jimmy Butler (Miami) and T.J. McConnell (Indiana). J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Without Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers are no match for Indiana Pacers to wrap up 2019," 31 Dec. 2019 The Reds are the only Major League team to never have a Japanese player on their active roster. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds nearing a 3-year deal with Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama," 30 Dec. 2019 The 12 teams in the playoffs have 44 players from Alabama high schools and colleges on their active rosters. Mark Inabinett |, al, "NFL postseason field set for Super Bowl LIV tourney," 30 Dec. 2019 Medical technology giant Medtronic is adding yet another digital health startup to its roster—Klue, which uses wearable technology in order to suss out certain gestures and behavioral health metrics, according to MobiHealthNews. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Big Pharma’s Return on Investment Plummets to a Dismal 10-Year Low," 18 Dec. 2019 Losing Purdy hurts, especially to an ACC Atlantic Division opponent, but the Cardinals have quarterbacks on their roster. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "U of L football signing day tracker: Purdy flips to Florida State, 23 players sign in 2020 class," 18 Dec. 2019 Bosco reportedly has 25 players with FBS offers on its roster, including 6-foot-5, 245-pound quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, who is headed to Clemson. Mitch Stephens,, "Underdog? De La Salle enters state title game in a peculiar position," 13 Dec. 2019 Forty-two percent of their roster is undrafted players. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde10: Waiters’ one remaining value for Heat; Lamar Jackson does it again," 13 Dec. 2019

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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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5 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Roster.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 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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