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  1. an early automobile having an open body, a single seat for two or three persons, and a large trunk or a rumble seat.
  2. a horse for riding or driving on the road.
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Origin of roadster

First recorded in 1735–45; road + -ster
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Related Words for roadster

wagon, van, auto, bus, ride, machine, pickup, truck, motor, automobile, convertible, jeep, limousine, compact, wreck, buggy, bucket, conveyance, jalopy, heap

Examples from the Web for roadster

Historical Examples of roadster

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for roadster


  1. an open car, esp one seating only two
  2. a kind of bicycle
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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.

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