Definition of roster in English:


Syllabification: ros·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈrästər, ˈrô-


  • 1A list or plan showing turns of duty or leave for individuals or groups in an organization: next week’s duty roster
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    • So here's what's going to happen, either you explain your actions today, or you'll both be stricken off of the active duty roster.
    • Hornblower sat at the small table and pulled out his log, the duty roster, and noted on all the different items that would need seeing to in the coming days.
    • The Sergeant said this while handing over the duty roster.
    schedule, list, listing, register, agenda, calendar, table
  • 1.1A list of members of a team or organization, in particular of athletes available for team selection.
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    • You therefore need a roster of available players that is two or three times the average number of players you desire.
    • As with any proper work on baseball, the book includes a statistical section and player rosters.
    • There are player rosters, so you know who had a hand in the results and how to contact them, if you want.


[with object] (usually be rostered) chiefly British Back to top  
  • Assign according to a duty roster: the locomotive is rostered for service on Sunday
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    • During the height of confrontation, members were rostered for duty to ensure the guns could be manned around the clock.
    • In New South Wales, Australia, prison bosses had modified rostered activities, duties and shifts which were historically prone to higher levels of sick leave.
    • It will be a date during one week when I am rostered as the duty Judge.


early 18th century (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.

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