If you see your name on the roster of players for the new softball team, then congratulations! Better start practicing, because you’re on the list of players who made the team.

The word roster originally meant a list of the names, duties, and schedule of members of the military. That meaning is still in use, but today, a roster is more likely to be a list of players on your favorite team, a list of artists whose artwork appears regularly in a certain gallery, or a list of participants, such as an airline that posts its roster of flight crew members for the red-eye to Phoenix.

Definitions of roster
  1. noun
    a list of names
    synonyms: roll
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    batting order, card, lineup
    (baseball) a list of batters in the order in which they will bat
    a list of persons killed in a war or other disaster
    muster roll
    a list of names of officers and men in a military unit or ship's company
    church roll
    a list of the members of church
    a roster of names showing the order in which people should perform certain duties
    waiting list
    a roster of those waiting to obtain something
    type of:
    list, listing
    a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)
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