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 only other real possibility on the roster is Marquese Chriss, who is signed to a non-guaranteed contract. oregonlive, 6 Oct. 2021 Roberts said that right-hander Walker Buehler, who threw five innings and 79 pitches in Sunday’s regular-season finale, would not be on the roster for the wild-card game but that left-hander Julio Urías would be available out of the bullpen. Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2021 The Magic do not have an overabundance of forwards on the roster. Chris Hays,, 5 Oct. 2021 Throughout their time together, Itzy has now collected 10 appearances on the roster. Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Casey intends to get a look at all 17 players on the roster during the preseason, and additional minutes will be up for grab until Cunningham is back. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 5 Oct. 2021 Among the groups represented on the roster of attendees at the council’s first meetings were US organizations that have played roles in the influence network., 4 Oct. 2021 Left-hander Chris Sale, who threw 62 pitches Sunday but is coming back from Tommy John surgery, tried to make the case for a spot on the roster in case he is needed in the bullpen, but Cora shut it down. Jimmy Golen, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Oct. 2021 Saban didn’t name names but previously said freshman quarterback Jalen Milroe might be one of the fastest players on the roster. Michael Casagrande |, al, 4 Oct. 2021

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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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8 Oct 2021

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“Roster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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.
: 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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