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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 song by American rock band Imagine Dragons. It was written by band members Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman, Dan Reynolds and Wayne Sermon and originally released as a non-album single, however it appears as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of their third studio album Evolve. They performed the song for the first time on September 2, 2015, at their Melbourne, Australia, show for the Smoke + Mirrors Tour. The music video was released on September 29, 2015, and was filmed in New Zealand. The song debuted atop the Billboard Rock Digital Songs chart.


  1. roots

    In mathematics, roots are the solutions to an equation, particularly referring to the values when a polynomial or equation equals zero. They are also known as zeroes. In the field of biology, roots refer to the part of a plant that is typically underground, absorbing water and nutrients, anchoring the plant, and storing food. In linguistics, roots are the most basic form of a word from which other words are derived. In genealogy, roots refer to an individual's ancestry or origin. In music, a root is the note upon which a chord is based. Therefore, the general definition of roots varies across different fields but generally refers to the base, origin, or foundation of something.


  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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ROOTS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Roots is ranked #22856 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Roots surname appeared 1,120 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Roots.

    46.8% or 525 total occurrences were Black.
    43.7% or 490 total occurrences were White.
    5.1% or 58 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.3% or 38 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

Anagrams for roots »

  1. roost

  2. stoor

  3. 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

Examples of roots in a Sentence

  1. President Barack Obama on Friday:

    May we always remember that our shared heritage makes us stronger, that our roots are intertwined, may we always choose faith over nihilism, and courage over despair, and hope over cynicism and fear.

  2. President Tayyip Erdogan:

    Our feet will be on earth but our eyes will be in space. Our roots will be on earth, our branches will be up in the sky.

  3. Desmond Meade:

    Never before has Florida seen such a huge grass-roots movement, and we did, these people rallied from all political spectrums, all walks of life, they rallied around this and said, ‘ We, as citizens of Florida, are going bring sunshine back to this state. ’ According to polling experts, Amendment 4 is tracking high among voters.

  4. Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos Franca:

    The most important thing is, it's the historical roots that links Brazil and the United States. We share the same common values. If you think the constitution, you know the basis and the foundation of the Brazilian constitution, you see that we have the same values that they have from the Independence of the United States.

  5. Ansel Adams:

    Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.

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