Definition of roster in English:


Line breaks: ros¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈrɒstə


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.
list, listing, register, schedule, agenda, calendar, roll, directory, table;
British rota
1.1A list of members of a team or organization, in particular of sports players available for team selection: a cluster of outstanding players on the club’s roster the label assembled an extraordinarily eclectic roster of artists
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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] chiefly British Back to top  
Place on or 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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