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[rohd-ster] /ˈroʊd stər/
an early automobile having an open body, a single seat for two or three persons, and a large trunk or a rumble seat.
a horse for riding or driving on the road.
Origin of roadster
First recorded in 1735-45; road + -ster Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for roadster
Historical Examples
  • Andy could see now that it was a roadster, low-hung, ponderous, to keep the road.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • For her share she wanted her father's roadster, and she meant to have it.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Let you in, and then I'll run the roadster around to the garage.

  • Some one other than Worth had been in there when Worth put up the roadster.

  • I locked the study door, went back to my roadster, and headed her uptown.

  • When they reëntered the roadster, Ben spoke to him before he started the car.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham
  • It started because of that defective spark-plug in the engine of the roadster.

  • The touring car or my roadster are always at your service to take you there.

    Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer Jessie Graham Flower
  • Bring Landy with you, as we can all three ride to Adot in my roadster.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • "Looks like we were stranded," says I, as we fetches up at the roadster once more.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for roadster


an open car, esp one seating only two
a kind of bicycle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for roadster

"open two-seat automobile," 1908; earlier a light, horse-drawn carriage (1892); a horse for riding (1818); "a ship lying near the shore" (1744), from road (n.) + -ster.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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