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[rohd-ster] /ˈroʊd stər/
an early automobile having an open body, a single seat for two or three persons, and a large trunk or a rumble seat.
a horse for riding or driving on the road.
Origin of roadster
1735-45; road + -ster Unabridged
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Examples from the web for roadster
  • So it can be a roadster in summer and a saloon in winter.
  • With the coupe making its debut about a year ago, the roadster's arrival was inevitable.
  • The removable hardtop combines the practicality of a coupe with the al fresco fun of a roadster.
  • While it's a significant milestone for the roadster, that car also marked a world record for production of two-seat sports cars.
  • For those planning to load up the family roadster for a cross-country trip, try to keep your suitcases and bags off the rooftop.
  • Others evaded the fee by merely declaring they owned a roadster.
British Dictionary definitions for roadster


an open car, esp one seating only two
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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