A roost is a place where birds or bats can sleep or rest safely. Backyard chickens need a comfortable, secure roost to stay warm and rested.

You can use roost to mean the perch that birds stand on while resting, the structure that contains the perch, or even a random tree branch, in the case of a wild bird. As a verb, it means to sit or to rest: "The chickens began to roost for the evening." When someone says, "Chickens come home to roost," they mean that bad actions eventually have bad consequences. And if you "rule the roost," you're in charge.

Definitions of roost
  1. noun
    a perch on which domestic fowl rest or sleep
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    type of:
    support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (especially for a bird)
  2. noun
    a shelter with perches for fowl or other birds
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    a roost for hens at night
    type of:
    protective covering that provides protection from the weather
  3. verb
    sit, as on a branch
    synonyms: perch, rest
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    type of:
    sit, sit down
    be seated
  4. verb
    settle down or stay, as if on a roost
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    type of:
    root, settle, settle down, steady down, take root
    become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style
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