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 This is the time of year when a team’s lineup takes shape, as players compete for a roster spot and minutes. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings 2020-21 opening lineup: Our predictions for who'll be out there Night 1," 17 Sep. 2020 With the third open roster spot, Dallas promoted Carr from the practice squad. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys make strategic roster moves, improve depth after rash of Week 1 injuries," 16 Sep. 2020 As Regattin occupied an international roster spot, his departure should provide FC Cincinnati with some unexpected opportunities. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "'Family man' Adrien Regattin is departing FC Cincinnati, international roster spot opens," 11 Sep. 2020 Glasgow, who was drafted in the sixth round, is an inside linebacker whose talents on special teams clinched his roster spot. Rick Armstrong,, "Armstrong: No preseason games? No worries. Jordan Glasgow makes Indianapolis Colts roster as eight area players test NFL waters.," 11 Sep. 2020 Aswad takes the roster spot at WISN vacated by Sally Severson, who retired last week after more than 30 years at the station. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Daji Aswad joins Milwaukee's WISN-TV (Channel 12) as a weekend meteorologist," 8 Sep. 2020 Kissimmee Osceola senior kicker Spencer Richards was once hesitant about trading soccer cleats for a roster spot on one of the top football programs in the area. J.c. Carnahan,, "Osceola County football preview: Osceola Kowboys to utilize kicking advantage," 8 Sep. 2020 Hodgins, who left Oregon State following his junior season, grabbed a roster spot with Buffalo. oregonlive, "Oregon State’s Jake Luton and Isaiah Hodgins make 53-man NFL regular season rosters," 5 Sep. 2020 RHP José Mujica came up to fill Gray's roster spot. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "LA Dodgers blast 3 homers in 8th, surge past Rockies 10-6," 5 Sep. 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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25 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Roster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 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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