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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rootsnoun

    the condition of belonging to a particular place or group by virtue of social or ethnic or cultural lineage

    "his roots in Texas go back a long way"; "he went back to Sweden to search for his roots"; "his music has African roots"


  1. rootsnoun


    I have both Irish and German roots.

  2. rootsnoun


    Jazz has its roots in blues.


  1. Roots

    Roots is a television miniseries in the USA based on Alex Haley's 1976 novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family; the series first aired in 1977. Roots received 37 Emmy Award nominations and won nine. It won also a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. It received unprecedented Nielsen ratings for the finale, which still holds a record as the third-highest-rated US television program ever. It was produced on a budget of $6.6 million. The series introduced LeVar Burton in the role of Kunta Kinte. A sequel, Roots: The Next Generations, first aired in 1979, and a second sequel, Roots: The Gift, a Christmas TV movie, starring Burton and Louis Gossett Jr. first aired in 1988.

Editors Contribution

  1. rootsnoun

    Plural noun of the word root.

    The roots from the banana plant are amazing to see.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 4, 2016  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Roots' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3808

Anagrams for Roots »

  1. roost, stoor, torso

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Roots in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Roots in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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  1. The Times:

    Doesn't make the roots any less racist or the theory any more convincing, though.

  2. Ronna McDaniel:

    Democrats have taken APA voters for granted for far too long — we want to put down roots in this community, have a conversation, and earn your vote, we look forward to working together to create a better future for our children here in Washington and across the country.

  3. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

    Someone like Rahm Emanuel would be a pretty divisive pick, and it would signal, I think, a hostile approach to the grass-roots and the progressive wing of the party.

  4. Steve Schale:

    If you look at the way Democrats have struggled with working-class white voters primarily, I think Joe Biden is a guy that has come from that world. He was a middle-class guy growing up, and he has never lost his roots, he gives us a chance to talk to some voters that we have struggled with in the last few cycles.


    I coined the word-frienimicus- using the latin I learned in catholic high school at the same time when I coined the word- reggae from the word streggae. I knew from an early age that languages in latin and greek were used by the ancients and now forms the roots of many english words. it has helped my icabulary and word power immensely. this means when a friend becomes an enemy as when an enemy becomes a friend. I learned latin and greek at an early age, mostly self taught.

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