[ roh-ster ]
/ ˈroʊ stər /


a contrivance for roasting something, as an oven, a pan for roasting meat, or a machine for roasting coffee beans.
a pig, chicken, or other animal or article of a size convenient and grade suitable for roasting.
a person or thing that roasts.
a guest speaker at a roast.

Origin of roaster

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at roast, -er1

Definition for roaster (2 of 2)

Origin of roast

1250–1300; Middle English rosten (v.) < Old French rostir < Germanic; compare Dutch roosten, German rösten

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British Dictionary definitions for roaster (1 of 2)

/ (ˈrəʊstə) /


a person or thing that roasts
a roasting tin
a piece of food, such as a chicken or a potato, that is suitable for roasting

British Dictionary definitions for roaster (2 of 2)

/ (rəʊst) /

verb (mainly tr)


something that has been roasted, esp meat

Word Origin for roast

C13: from Old French rostir, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch roosten to roast
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