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Dictionary Definition

roster n : a list of names; "his name was struck off the rolls" [syn: roll]

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Dutch rooster “gridiron”



  1. A list of names, usually for an organisation 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. A list of the jobs to be done by members of an organisation 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.


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  1. The act of placing a name on a roster.
    I have rostered you for cleaning duties on the first Monday of each month.

Extensive Definition

A roster can be a list of people and the times when they are required to work. See schedule (workplace).
A roster may also mean a list of people who participate in an event. Although rosters can be associated with non-competitive events, they are most commonly associated with athletics.
Examples could be 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.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

account, agenda, annals, batting order, beadroll, bill, bill of fare, blueprint, budget, cadastre, calendar, card, carte du jour, catalog, census, census report, checklist, checkroll, chronicle, correspondence, docket, documentation, dramatis personae, head count, history, honor roll, inventory, jury list, jury panel, letters, lineup, list, list of agenda, memorial, menu, muster, muster roll, nose count, order of business, pipe roll, playbill, poll, program, program of operation, programma, property roll, prospectus, protocol, questionnaire, record, recording, register, registry, relic, remains, returns, roll, roll call, rolls, rota, schedule, scroll, slate, table, tax roll, token, trace, vestige
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