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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What started with a preferred walk-on spot on the roster at Towson University quickly fizzled out and led to a few months at East Coast Prep and Randolph Macon. Brent Kennedy,, "Howard County sports notebook: Hobbit’s Glen PGA Junior League advances to first regional championship," 12 Sep. 2019 Due to the small rosters, both teams must play a handful of starters on both sides of the ball. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Jeffersonville football faces tough road test, plus 5 biggest Southern Indiana storylines," 11 Sep. 2019 The United States, by contrast, qualified behind the play of rosters cobbled together from the G League. Ira Winderman,, "Even before USA loss, Heat’s Dragic questioned World Cup legitimacy," 11 Sep. 2019 Daniel Hamilton, who left UConn after his sophomore season in 2016, will get another chance to make an NBA roster. Dom Amore,, "UConn men’s notebook: Dan Hurley recovering at home; several players returning bigger, stronger; Daniel Hamilton, Amida Brimah reporting to NBA camps," 11 Sep. 2019 Billionaire club The billion euro mark has been surpassed for the first time by Manchester City, according to the International Center for Sports Studies (CIES) in Neuchatel, Switzerland, which has compiled transfer fees paid for current rosters., "Antonio Delamea," 11 Sep. 2019 Choi said the 21-player roster will be formed through tryouts, the specifics dates and locations of which have not been determined. Michael Lerseth,, "Marshawn Lynch will be part owner of newest indoor team, the Oakland Panthers," 10 Sep. 2019 Truth Be Told star Octavia Spencer says of the new streamer’s roster. Ew Staff,, "Exclusive: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Momoa, Hailee Steinfeld, and more preview their AppleTV+ shows," 10 Sep. 2019 The Patriots signed Thomas this offseason and then cut him in their roster trimdown to 53 players. Dan Labbe,, "Jets to acquire Demaryius Thomas from Patriots," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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