Definition of roster noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrɒstə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɑːstər//
    , NAmE//ˈrɔːstər//
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  1. 1a list of people’s names and the jobs that they have to do at a particular time synonym rota a duty roster
  2. 2a list of the names of people who are available to do a job, play in a team, etc.
  3. Word Originearly 18th cent. (originally denoting a list of duties and leave for military personnel): from Dutch rooster ‘list’, earlier ‘gridiron’, from roosten ‘to roast’, with reference to its parallel lines.Extra examples Kelly has an excellent chance of making the opening-day roster. The boss has drawn up a duty roster. The firm has built up an impressive roster of clients over the past ten years. The team has ten rookies on the active roster. a roster for babysitting a roster of artists The record company confirmed that the band had been dropped from the roster. They have a number of outstanding players on their roster.

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