[ roh-ster ]
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  1. a contrivance for roasting something, as an oven, a pan for roasting meat, or a machine for roasting coffee beans.

  2. a pig, chicken, or other animal or article of a size convenient and grade suitable for roasting.

  1. a person or thing that roasts.

  2. a guest speaker at a roast.

Origin of roaster

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

Words Nearby roaster Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use roaster in a sentence

  • "No, I am a hot-peanut-man," said the voice, and then the peanut roaster began to whistle like a tea-kettle.

    Uncle Wiggily's Travels | Howard R. Garis
  • A cylindrical coffee-roaster that can be turned by a handle, and sets before the fire, is far preferable to a pot or a pan.

  • The roaster reappeared with a new, shorter spear, thinner, and a great lump of raw hog-fat spitted on it.

    Sea and Sardinia | D. H. Lawrence
  • But our roaster still held the interminable flat kid before the now red, flameless fire.

    Sea and Sardinia | D. H. Lawrence
  • But when the fourth year came Ee-ee-toy did go, and told the people to get him the “seed-roaster.”

    Aw-Aw-Tam Indian Nights | J. William Lloyd

British Dictionary definitions for roaster


/ (ˈrəʊstə) /

  1. a person or thing that roasts

  2. a roasting tin

  1. a piece of food, such as a chicken or a potato, that is suitable for roasting

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