roll call


the calling of a list of names, as of soldiers or students, for checking attendance.
a military signal for this, as one given by a drum.
a voting process, especially in the U.S. Congress, in which legislators are called on by name and allowed either to cast their vote or to abstain.

Nearby words

  1. roll back,
  2. roll bag,
  3. roll bar,
  4. roll book,
  5. roll cage,
  6. roll cloud,
  7. roll film,
  8. roll in,
  9. roll in the aisles,
  10. roll in the hay

Origin of roll call

First recorded in 1765–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for roll call

roll call


the reading aloud of an official list of names, those present responding when their names are read out
the time or signal for such a reading
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Word Origin and History for roll call

roll call


1775, from roll (n.) "list of names used to determine who is present" (a sense attested from 1590s) + call (v.).

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