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 Sun Devils also have a red-shirt freshman, Demetrious Flowers, on the roster. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona State running back A.J. Carter enters transfer portal," 1 July 2020 But that was five years after Joe Montana's final Super Bowl appearance, not to mention Young's eighth year on the roster. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Nine reasons why New England Patriots won't win Super Bowl LV with Cam Newton," 30 June 2020 Given the team’s numbers crunch, Mychal Mulder, Ky Bowman and Juan Toscano-Anderson — all of whom have non-guaranteed deals next season — could have a tough time making the 2020-21 roster. Connor Letourneau,, "Alen Smailagic: When will Warriors’ big man be able to crack rotation?," 24 June 2020 Chamberlain is the second player from OSU’s 2020 roster to sign a pro baseball contract. oregonlive, "Oregon State pitcher Christian Chamberlain signs with Kansas City Royals for $450,000," 24 June 2020 With Brown's enrollment, the Wolverines officially have 12 scholarship players on the roster for the 2020-21 season. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball transfer Chaundee Brown officially enrolls at new school," 24 June 2020 The Scrap Yard Dawgs are a former member of the National Pro Fastpitch league, and the team’s 2020 roster featured seven players who were selected to play for the U.S. in the Olympics that will be held in 2021. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Softball stars show support for Black community by protesting controversial tweet from their own team," 23 June 2020 The Suns are heavy on young wings with Kelly Oubre, Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson all on the roster and shouldn’t hesitate to upgrade at guard. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "NBA mock draft: Phoenix Suns' projections include Saddiq Bey, Devin Vassell, Isaac Okoro," 17 June 2020 Ohio State could lose four offensive linemen from the 2020 roster depending on the NFL opportunities for Wyatt Davis and Josh Myers. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "JC Latham, top Ohio State football 2021 offensive line target, commits to Alabama: Buckeye Recruiting," 12 June 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Roster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 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


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Kids Definition of roster

: an orderly list of people belonging to some group

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