Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An often roofless or convertible automobile having a single seat in the front for two or three people and a rumble seat or luggage compartment in the back.
  • noun A sports car.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A horse driven or ridden on the road, used in driving for pleasure and for light work rather than for draft.
  • noun A person much accustomed to driving; a coach-driver.
  • noun In hunting, one who keeps to the road instead of riding across country.
  • noun A tricycle or bicycle built strongly for road use, as distinguished from one intended for racing.
  • noun Nautical, a vessel which works by tides, and seeks some known road to await turn of tide and change of wind. Also roader. Admiral Smyth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) A clumsy vessel that works its way from one anchorage to another by means of the tides.
  • noun A horse that is accustomed to traveling on the high road, or is suitable for use on ordinary roads.
  • noun A bicycle or tricycle adapted for common roads rather than for the racing track.
  • noun engraving One who drives much; a coach driver.
  • noun Eng. Slang. A hunter who keeps to the roads instead of following the hounds across country.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a sea-going vessel riding at anchor in a road or bay.
  • noun nautical A clumsy vessel that works its way from one anchorage to another by means of the tides.
  • noun A horse for riding on the road.
  • noun A bicycle or tricycle adapted for common roads rather than for the racing track.
  • noun UK, dated One who drives much; a coach driver.
  • noun UK, dated, slang A hunter who keeps to the roads instead of following the hounds across country.
  • noun A classic style of bicycle, usually steel-framed.
  • noun An open automobile having a front seat and a rumble seat.
  • noun A person who lives along the road.

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

  • noun a small lightweight carriage; drawn by a single horse
  • noun an open automobile having a front seat and a rumble seat

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Derived from road +‎ -ster.

Examples

  • Tesla might be late in their offering but the Tesla roadster is on the roads in the SF bay area, the design works, so the issue must be costs.

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  • Another hot Saturn from the New York International Auto Show, the Sky Red Line is a high-performance version of Saturn's new Sky roadster, which is one of the most attractive new GM models in a long time.

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  • To help boost Pontiac, Lutz personally pushed through the Pontiac Solstice roadster, which is a sensation.

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  • Zetsche, famous for his thick white moustache and genial personality during the presentation he told a Jeff Foxworthy joke and referenced lightening a car by using a chainsaw, called the roadster "a trophy" that combines style and comfort in a sports car.

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  • Our spy photographers have snagged the next generation of Mercedes-Benz's SL roadster, which is due to arrive in 2012.

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  • Our spy photographers have snagged the next generation of Mercedes-Benz's SL roadster, which is due to arrive in 2012.

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  • Our spy photographers have snagged the next generation of Mercedes-Benz's SL roadster, which is due to arrive in 2012.

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  • Our spy photographers have snagged the next generation of Mercedes-Benz's SL roadster, which is due to arrive in 2012.

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  • Our spy photographers have snagged the next generation of Mercedes-Benz's SL roadster, which is due to arrive in 2012.

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  • A rendering of the roadster is a good excuse to focus on the Porsche side of the speculation, but for those that don't know the whole story, just read this.

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  • what Nancy Drew drove.

    August 6, 2008