ros·​ter | \ ˈrä-stər How to pronounce roster (audio) 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The buzz: Perhaps no player on the roster showed as much growth and development as Okeke. Roy Parry,, 8 June 2021 Finding room on the roster for above replacement level players is finally the priority. Jules Posner, Forbes, 8 June 2021 San Francisco called up infielder Thairo Estrada from Triple-A Sacramento to take Longoria’s place on the roster. Creg Stephenson |, al, 7 June 2021 To replace Wong on the roster, utility player Pablo Reyes was recalled from Class AAA Nashville. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 June 2021 To fill Turnbull's spot on the roster, the Tigers recalled righty reliever Bryan Garcia from Triple-A Toledo. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 5 June 2021 DECK Bailey Ober will make his second major league start on Sunday in the series finale, but first the Twins have to put him on the roster. Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 Relievers Alex Vesia and Edwin Uceta were optioned to triple-A Oklahoma City to make room on the roster. Iliana Limón Romero, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 She’s one of four players on the roster that entered the state tournament hitting above .400. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 4 June 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Roster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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