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

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 On the current Portland roster, centerfielder Devlin Granberg is hitting .304, shortstop Christian Koss has 11 homers, first baseman Hudson Potts has 10. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 25 July 2022 When looking at the Lakers' last title team — in 2020 — the only major contributors on that roster who began their careers in Los Angeles were Kyle Kuzma and Alex Caruso. Dj Siddiqi, Forbes, 25 July 2022 The club’s 26-man roster entered the season with a $43.7 million payroll, according to Cot’s Contracts. Baltimore Sun, 16 July 2022 Among the nearly 40% of players on the 26-man roster who were left home were All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi, two-time All-Star Whit Merrifield, future cornerstones Kyle Isbel and MJ Melendez and outfielder Michael A. Taylor. San Francisco Chronicle, 14 July 2022 Bring the family, hang out with friends and explore booths by local vendors — the roster changes from month to month. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 July 2022 The organization demoted Vest to the Mud Hens on Tuesday, since the Tigers needed to add starting pitcher Drew Hutchison to the active 26-man roster but couldn't exceed the 13-pitcher maximum. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 6 July 2022 Right-handed reliever Ian Gibaut, who the Reds claimed off waivers Tuesday, filled Mahle’s spot on the 26-man active roster. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 6 July 2022 Morales was named to the final 26-man roster after training camp and a five-game intrasquad series that took place in North Carolina last week. Francisco Rosa, Sun Sentinel, 5 July 2022 See More

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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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28 Jul 2022

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“Roster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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