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Princeton's WordNet

  1. roast, jointnoun

    a piece of meat roasted or for roasting and of a size for slicing into more than one portion

  2. knock, roastadjective

    negative criticism

  3. roast, roastedverb

    (meat) cooked by dry heat in an oven

  4. roastverb

    cook with dry heat, usually in an oven

    "roast the turkey"

  5. ridicule, roast, guy, blackguard, laugh at, jest at, rib, make fun, poke funverb

    subject to laughter or ridicule

    "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house"; "The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher"; "His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday"


  1. roastnoun

    A cut of meat suited to roasting

  2. roastnoun

    A meal consisting of roast foods.

  3. roastnoun

    (Originally fraternal) A comical event where a person is subjected to verbal attack, yet may be praised by sarcasm and jokes.

  4. roastverb

    To cook food by heating in an oven or over fire without covering, resulting in a crisp, possibly even slightly charred appearance to the food.

  5. roastverb

    To process by drying through exposure to sun or artificial heat

    Coffee beans need roasting before

  6. roastverb

    To admonish someone vigorously

    I'm late home for the fourth time this week; my mate will really roast me this time.

  7. roastverb

    To subject to bantering, severely criticize, sometimes as a comedy routine.

    The class clown enjoys being roasted by mates as well as staff.

  8. roastverb

    To undergo roasting in any of the above senses

  9. roastadjective

    having been cooked by roasting

  10. roastadjective

    subjected to roasting, bantered, severely criticized

  11. Etymology: From rosten, from rostir (Modern French: rôtir), of origin, from Old *, from raustijanan, from reus-. Cognate with roosteren, rösten.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


  1. Roast

    Roasting is a cooking method that uses dry heat where hot air covers the food, cooking it evenly on all sides with temperatures of at least 150 °C (300 °F) from an open flame, oven, or other heat source. Roasting can enhance the flavor through caramelization and Maillard browning on the surface of the food. Roasting uses indirect, diffused heat (as in an oven), and is suitable for slower cooking of meat in a larger, whole piece. Meats and most root and bulb vegetables can be roasted. Any piece of meat, especially red meat, that has been cooked in this fashion is called a roast. Meats and vegetables prepared in this way are described as "roasted", e.g., roasted chicken or roasted squash.


  1. roast

    Roast refers to the process of cooking food, usually meat or vegetables, in the dry heat of an oven, grill, over an open flame, or a specific style of cooking. The food, prepared in this manner, is also referred to as a roast. The aim is typically to produce a browned, flavorful exterior and a moist interior. Roast can also refer to humorously criticizing or mockingly making fun of someone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Roastverb

    to cook by exposure to radiant heat before a fire; as, to roast meat on a spit, or in an oven open toward the fire and having reflecting surfaces within; also, to cook in a close oven

  2. Roastverb

    to cook by surrounding with hot embers, ashes, sand, etc.; as, to roast a potato in ashes

  3. Roastverb

    to dry and parch by exposure to heat; as, to roast coffee; to roast chestnuts, or peanuts

  4. Roastverb

    hence, to heat to excess; to heat violently; to burn

  5. Roastverb

    to dissipate by heat the volatile parts of, as ores

  6. Roastverb

    to banter severely

  7. Roastverb

    to cook meat, fish, etc., by heat, as before the fire or in an oven

  8. Roastverb

    to undergo the process of being roasted

  9. Roastnoun

    that which is roasted; a piece of meat which has been roasted, or is suitable for being roasted

  10. Roastadjective

    roasted; as, roast beef

  11. Etymology: [OE. rosten, OF. rostir, F. rtir; of German origin; cf. OHG. rsten, G. rsten, fr. OHG. rst, rsta, gridiron, G. rost; cf. AS. hyrstan to roast.]


  1. Roast

    A roast is an event, almost exclusively in the United States, in which an individual is subjected to a public presentation of comedic insults, praise, outlandish true and untrue stories, and heartwarming tributes, the implication being that the roastee is able to take the jokes in good humor and not as serious criticism or insult, and therefore, show his or her good nature. It is seen by some as a great honor to be roasted, as the individual is surrounded by friends, fans, and well-wishers, who can receive some of the same treatment as well during the course of the evening. The party and presentation itself are both referred to as a "roast." The host of the event is called the "roastmaster." Anyone who is honored in such a way is said to have been "roasted."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Roast

    rōst, v.t. to cook before a fire, or in an oven: to expose a person to ridicule: to parch by exposure to heat: to heat to excess: to dissipate the volatile parts of by heat.—n. that which is roasted.—ns. Roas′ter, anything suitable for roasting: a furnace used in making ball soda; Roas′ter-slag, slag from the fifth stage of copper-smelting; Roas′ting; Roas′ting-cyl′inder, a furnace for roasting ore; Roas′ting-ear, an ear of maize fit for roasting; Roas′ting-jack, an apparatus for turning the spit on which meat is roasted; Roas′ting-kiln; Roas′ting-ov′en; Roast′-ī′ron, a gridiron.—Roastbeef plant, an iris of Western Europe.—Rule the roast, to domineer. [A.S. róstian; cog. with Dut. roosten, Ger. rösten; or O. Fr. rostir (Fr. rôtir)—Old High Ger. rōstan; or Celt., as Gael. rost, W. rhostio, Bret. rosta, all meaning to roast.]

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  1. Astro

  2. ratos

  3. rotas

  4. sorta

  5. taros

  6. astor

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of roast in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of roast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of roast in a Sentence

  1. Prince William:

    I do like cooking, but I ’m not very good. I like a roast. So a bit of roast chicken or a steak, i like it medium rare. I like it quite alive.

  2. Jeff Zeleny of CNN:

    She is going to play a central role in the Iowa nominating process for the next six months, she probably won't endorse, but all the candidates will be seeking her endorsement, wanting to stand at her side. So keep an eye on Joni Ernst and her Roast and Ride next weekend in Iowa.

  3. Chico Marx:

    Mustard's no good without roast beef.

  4. Charles Mathias, Jr.:

    The brown bag, of course, had its imperfections. While some kids carried roast beef sandwiches, others had peanut butter. I have no way of knowing if all of those brown bags contained 'nutritionally adequate diets.' But I do know that those brown bags and those lunch pails symbolized parental love and responsibility.

  5. Nelly Venzor:

    When the fire just jumped to the other side of the freeway I thought, 'It's really hot and my mom is in the car. And if we have to run it has to be done now. Quick, before we get stuck here and roast,' people could not move their cars. People were running. I thought, 'OK, this is it.' I really did.

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