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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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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.

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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