[ muhs-ter ]
/ ˈmʌs tər /
verb (used with object)
to assemble (troops, a ship's crew, etc.), as for battle, display, inspection, orders, or discharge.
to gather, summon, rouse (often followed by up): He mustered all his courage.
verb (used without object)
to assemble for inspection, service, etc., as troops or forces.
to come together; collect; assemble; gather.
an assembling of troops or persons for formal inspection or other purposes.
an assemblage or collection.
the act of mustering.
Also called muster roll. (formerly) a list of the persons enrolled in a military or naval unit.
muster in, to enlist into service in the armed forces.
muster out, to discharge from service in the armed forces: He will be mustered out of the army in only two more months.
- to pass a cursory inspection.
- to measure up to a certain standard; be adequate: Your grades don't pass muster.
Origin of muster
1250–1300; Middle English mostren (v.) < Old French mostrer < Latin mōnstrāre to show, derivative of mōnstrum portent; see monster
Related formspre·mus·ter, verb (used with object)un·mus·tered, adjective
Can be confusedmuster mustard
1. See gather.
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British Dictionary definitions for muster roll (1 of 2)
a list of the officers and men in a regiment, ship's company, etc
British Dictionary definitions for muster roll (2 of 2)
/ (ˈmʌstə) /
to call together (numbers of men) for duty, inspection, etc, or (of men) to assemble in this way
- muster in to enlist into military service
- muster out to discharge from military service
(tr) Australian and NZ to round up (livestock)
(tr sometimes foll by up) to summon or gatherto muster one's arguments; to muster up courage
an assembly of military personnel for duty, inspection, etc
a collection, assembly, or gathering
Australian and NZ the rounding up of livestock
a flock of peacocks
pass muster to be acceptable
Word Origin for muster
C14: from old French moustrer, from Latin monstrāre to show, from monstrum portent, omen
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Idioms and Phrases with muster roll
In addition to the idiom beginning with muster
- muster in
- pass muster
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