What does roster mean?

Definitions for roster
ˈrɒs tərros·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. roll, rosternoun

    a list of names

    "his name was struck off the rolls"


  1. rosternoun

    A list of names, usually for an organization of some kind such as military officers and enlisted personnel enrolled in a particular unit; a muster roll; or a sports team, with the names of players who are eligible to be placed in the lineup for a particular game.

  2. rosternoun

    A list of the jobs to be done by members of an organization and often with the date/time that they are expected to do them.

    The secretary has produced a new cleaning roster for the Church over the remainder of the year.

  3. rosterverb

    The act of placing a name on a roster.

    I have rostered you for cleaning duties on the first Monday of each month.

  4. Etymology: From rooster “gridiron”.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rosternoun

    a register or roll showing the order in which officers, enlisted men, companies, or regiments are called on to serve

  2. Etymology: [Perhaps a corruption of register; or cf. roll.]


  1. Roster

    A roster is a list of names of people involved with some organization or assignment. It can be a list of people and additional information, like the times when they are required to work or a list of students in a classroom. The term roster is often used to describe participants of an event. The term is most commonly associated with sports. Examples are a team roster or depth chart in which the person's place on the team would be decided. The names of the places on a roster can be such terms as Starter or Backup, or for American football, First String, Second String, or Third String. A "railway roster" refers to a detailed list of the types and wheel arrangements of steam, diesel or electric locomotives based at a particular shed, or of model locomotives on a particular model railway. A roster is also used in video games. It is usually the amount of characters in the game. Most games have small rosters but fighting games may have large ones. Roster is also the name of the contact list for the Instant Messaging Protocol XMPP. A "Martini Roster" is based on the TV advertisement for the drink with the same name: "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere." This means management can make staff work whenever they want.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Roster

    ros′tėr, n. the list of individuals, or corps, kept by the various staff officers of the army to ensure the allotment of duties in proper rotation: (coll.) any roll of names. [Dut. rooster—L. register, a list.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. roster

    A rotation list of officers.

  2. roster

    A list for routine on any particular duty. (See ROLLSTER.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. roster

    List of officers for duty. The principle which governs details for duty is from the eldest down; longest off duty first on duty. If an officer’s tour of duty for armed service, court-martial, or fatigue, happen when he is upon either duty, he is credited therewith. An officer returning from duty after sickness, takes the same place he had on the post roster before reporting sick; that being sick on the day of detail he gets the credit of the tour and awaits the return of his day, when, if well, he is again detailed. An officer returning from leave of absence is at once subject for detail. Customarily, an officer who returns from detached service is placed at the foot of the roster. The same rules should apply to non-commissioned officers and privates. A regiment or detachment detailed for any duty, receives credit for the duty when it marches off parade to perform the duty, but not if it is dismissed on parade. Officers on inlying pickets are subject to all details. In the British service, regiments proceed on foreign service according to the roster.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Roster is ranked #58481 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Roster surname appeared 347 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Roster.

    87.3% or 303 total occurrences were White.
    7.7% or 27 total occurrences were Black.
    1.7% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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Anagrams for roster »

  1. resort

  2. retros

  3. sorter

  4. storer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of roster in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of roster in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of roster in a Sentence

  1. Rayjon Tucker:

    Denver signed Rayjon Tucker, Carlik Jones and Davon Reed to 10-day contracts to fill out the roster. While certainly not happy at the situation that gave Rayjon Tucker the opportunity, Carlik Jones was excited to have Rayjon Tucker first chance to serve as a head coach in an NBA game. ' It’s a thrill, i knew it would be. You wait for this moment and it was a lot of fun.

  2. Mike Conley:

    This is a very special group. It starts with our stars, Rudy (Gobert) and Don, two of the most unselfish stars you’re going to find in the league, and that kind of just trickles down to every player on our roster. We just sacrifice for each other.

  3. Jos Andrs:

    I'm incredibly excited to join the roster of amazing talent ... that will bring life to this dynamic new neighborhood.

  4. Justin Zanik:

    Change is inevitable in the NBA. I'm not trying to be cryptic or anything else, but Donovan is on our roster, and he's a very, very important part of what we're trying to do. Things evolve in the NBA, so I couldn't sit here and say anybody is [untouchable]. We're trying to build a championship team, but there's no intent [to trade Mitchell], at all.

  5. Colin Kaepernick:

    He definitely has the ability to play on somebody's roster -- like, right now, like, a couple of the guys that were in the session that were on NFL teams were saying that his arm is just as strong as guys' that we got on our roster right now and can play.

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