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[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
1, 2. listing, slate, panel, record. Unabridged
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  • Palfrey claims her client roster is loaded with the names of powerful government insiders.
  • The roster of her innovations includes items now commonplace and indispensable.
  • But mostly, the roster is loaded with impact players who arrived in trades before they reached their potential.
  • He plans to double his roster of affiliated consultants by the end of the year.
  • As investors scaled back their risk exposure, the roster of falling currencies contained the usual suspects.
  • From this medicine can then build up a roster of treatments from the available drugs.
  • Included in the growing roster of potentially beneficial sponge molecules are ones that fight inflammation and cell division.
  • It's tempting to run through the roster and syllabus and then let students out early.
  • Sampling fare from the city's diverse roster of restaurants costs extra-but you won't be able to resist.
  • In the past two decades, the roster of known planets in the galaxy has mushroomed.
British Dictionary definitions for roster


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
(transitive) to place on a roster
Word Origin
C18: from Dutch rooster grating or list (the lined paper looking like a grid)


(Northern English, dialect) a rascal
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Word Origin and History for roster

1727, from Dutch rooster "table, list," originally "gridiron," from Middle Dutch roosten "to roast" (see roast (v.)). So called from the grid of lines drawn on a paper to make a list.

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