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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. 2017.
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  • He must follow the roadster over lonely roads and yet remain unseen.

    The Secret Wireless Lewis E. Theiss
  • But the Gomez-Dep roadster had seventy horsepower, and sang songs.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • When I went out to retrieve my hand bag from the roadster, there was Barbara already in the seat.

  • He stepped behind it as Helene Spenceley passed in Canby's roadster.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • The drivers, however, had to get into rain garments and begin the work of hunting the trouble with the roadster.

    Ruth Fielding Down East Alice B. Emerson
  • Henry's task henceforth was to trail the driver of the roadster.

    The Secret Wireless Lewis E. Theiss
  • Joy was weaving through traffic, trying to keep the roadster in sight.

  • Andy could see now that it was a roadster, low-hung, ponderous, to keep the road.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Barely fifteen minutes later I halted my roadster at the short flight of steps leading to the main door of The Grange.

  • Let you in, and then I'll run the roadster around to the garage.

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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