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.

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The hooksword-wielding horror was announced this week as part of the roster, along with a look at his moves and another grisly fatality. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The film Groundhog Day gets a VR sequel, Creative Assembly teases a new shooter," 8 Feb. 2019 According to Epic, these outfits can look like any of the 32 NFL teams on the roster, though players will be able to choose their own number. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite will start selling NFL skins this week," 5 Nov. 2018 The newest product on the roster is Buildable CC Cream with SPF 35, which launches in August 2018. Meirav Devash, Allure, "Meet Thrive Causemetics, the Vegan Makeup Company With a Philanthropic Mission," 31 July 2018 Thanks to recent changes to the collective bargaining agreement, players can compete for traditional roster spots or two-way contracts, which allow two players per team to shuttle between the G League and NBA. Malika Andrews,, "Donte Ingram is showcasing his game for Bulls' Summer League team while looking for his next gig," 13 July 2018 Lack of a roster spot was the main reason the 6-foot-10 athletic power forward didn’t join the Sixers this season after being selected 36th overall in the 2017 draft. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' Zhaire Smith exceeding early expectations with jump shot, offensive skillset ahead of summer league," 5 July 2018 To fill the vacant roster spots, the Marlins activated Jose Ureña from the 10-day disabled list and recalled left-hander Dillon Peters from Triple-A New Orleans. Matthew Defranks,, "Pair of Marlins land on disabled list as others eye Washington return," 4 July 2018 According to multiple reports, the Astros will call up lefthanded pitcher Cionel Perez from Class AA Corpus Christi to take Carlos Correa’s vacant roster spot. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Reports: Astros to call up lefty Cionel Perez for Carlos Correa's spot," 29 June 2018 Mama is among the offensive linemen headed to Cowboys’ camp to compete for a roster spot. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "This 'mama's boy' may have the best name on the Dallas Cowboys roster," 27 June 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.
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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