[ ros-ter ]
/ ˈrɒs tər /


a list of persons or groups, as of military personnel or units with their turns or periods of duty.
any list, roll, or register: a roster of famous scientists; a roster of coming events.

Origin of roster

1720–30; < Dutch rooster list, roster, literally, gridiron, in reference to the ruled paper used, equivalent to roost(en) to roast + -er -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for roster (1 of 2)

/ (ˈrɒstə) /


a list or register, esp one showing the order of people enrolled for duty
marketing the list of advertising agencies regularly used by a particular company


(tr) to place on a roster

Word Origin for roster

C18: from Dutch rooster grating or list (the lined paper looking like a grid)

British Dictionary definitions for roster (2 of 2)

/ (ˈrɒstə) /


Northern English dialect a rascal
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