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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A list, especially of names.
  • n. A list of the names of military officers and enlisted personnel enrolled in a particular unit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • v. The act of placing a name on a roster.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A register or roll showing the order in which officers, enlisted men, companies, or regiments are called on to serve.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of roaster.
  • n. In the British and the United States regular armies, a list showing the turn or rotation of service or duty of those who relieve or succeed each other; specifically, a military list or register showing or fixing the rotation in which individuals, companies, or regiments are called into service.
  • n. In Massachusetts and Connecticut, a list of the officers of a division, brigade, regiment, etc., containing, under several heads, their names, rank, corps, place of abode, etc. These are called division rosters, brigade rosters, regimental or battalion rosters. Bartlett.
  • n. Hence, any roll, list, or register of names.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a list of names

Etymologies

Dutch rooster, gridiron, roster (from the ruled paper used for a roster), from roosten, to roast.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch rooster “gridiron”. (Wiktionary)

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