- a list of persons or groups, as of military personnel or units with their turns or periods of duty.
- any list, roll, or register: a roster of famous scientists; a roster of coming events.
Origin of roster
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Examples from the Web for roster
In the states that have set up exchanges—a roster that includes most of the larger states—the subsidies would continue.The GOP Could Make Obama Kill Obamacare
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Early on in the tournament, hardcore Argentina fans spoofed the Argentina roster listing Pope Francis as a team member.Pope Francis v. Pope Benedict: Who Will God Favor In World Cup Final?
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The 2014 roster is even more pathetic: About Last Night, Lust for Love, And So It Goes, Sex Tape.The Romantic Comedy Is Dead
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And the roster is topped off with fan favorites like Meleana Shim and Jessica McDonald.Portland Is Ground Zero for the Best Women’s Soccer in the World
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Both were incumbents, so no new women were added to the roster.The Gubernatorial Glass Ceiling—and What It Means for Hillary Clinton
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His name was blazoned for eternity on the roster of the Russian Great.The Genius
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The news might swell the roster to disconcerting proportions.Tutors' Lane
The roster of students enrolls 104 gentlemen, and 57 ladies.History of Linn County Iowa
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Its grave-yard is a roster of the Philadelphia aristocracy of other days.The Personality of American Cities
The roster of the original garrison is listed on the tablet.Fort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina
- a list or register, esp one showing the order of people enrolled for duty
- marketing the list of advertising agencies regularly used by a particular company
- (tr) to place on a roster
- Northern English dialect a rascal
Word Origin and History for roster
1727, from Dutch rooster "table, list," originally "gridiron," from Middle Dutch roosten "to roast" (see roast (v.)). So called from the grid of lines drawn on a paper to make a list.