Definition of roaster in English:



  • 1A container, oven, furnace, or apparatus for roasting something.

    • ‘She takes them and dumps them unceremoniously into the roaster, seasons the meat and puts the lid on.’
    • ‘On the deck was a large picnic table, and just before the deck was a spot for a campfire and a pig roaster and grill.’
    • ‘Seasonal Sardinian and Sicilian chestnut roasters were busy in the square, and we had time to reflect on the long journey.’
    • ‘High-grade ore is still refined in roasters and mills, but the low-grade stuff goes into leach heaps, huge hills of pulverized ore mounded atop plastic liners.’
    • ‘An antique peanut roaster that he'd bought for $250, and that failed to sell at the mall or at local auction, went for $2,950 at an online auction house.’
    • ‘The two of them took the heavy iron roaster from the oven and set it on the metal rack protecting the counter top.’
    • ‘The roaster has since been moved to another location, and in its place is a welcoming fireplace, giving the shop a cozy, living room-like feel.’
    • ‘Women sell everything from tomatoes, chillies and betel to clay coffee roasters and straw sleeping mats.’
    • ‘Such improvements allow them to sell the beans directly to Equal Exchange at full price, rather than outsourcing to a middleman with a roaster or mill.’
    • ‘A reverberating furnace with two hearths heated a roaster to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit to calcine the ore.’
    1. 1.1A foodstuff that is particularly suitable for roasting, especially a chicken.
      • ‘The roasters didn't have that weird yellow color like many commercial chickens.’
      • ‘They are dual-purpose birds that lay eggs well and produce good roasters reasonably fast.’
      • ‘In this part of the country, fryers have squeezed roasters out of existence in food markets.’
    2. 1.2A person or company that processes coffee beans.
      ‘he set up his own business as a tea dealer and coffee roaster’
      • ‘In Kona, it seems like everyone has some green beans lying around - not enough to take to the commercial roasters, who usually have a forty-pound minimum.’
      • ‘The place I worked at was called ‘Mocha Blues,’ and it was one of the best coffee roasters in town.’
      • ‘We're not drinking more, but the coffee shops and big roasters are certainly making more.’
      • ‘Some firmers will sell directly to roasters either in Kona or elsewhere.’
      • ‘Many roasters prefer the French Press technique because it comes closest to the way coffee is ‘cupped,’ or graded for quality.’
      • ‘Last year, the company joined TransFair, an organization that guarantees that farmers will receive most of the $1.26 per pound that coffee roasters pay for high-quality beans.’
      • ‘Independent roasters can buy Fair Trade and other value-added coffees to illustrate our solidarity with the independent farmers.’
      • ‘He's even gone so far as to break down the standard 152-pound bag of beans into 50-pound boxes made from recycled materials so that growers and roasters alike will have an easier time lifting his merchandise.’
      • ‘Fair Trade, however, is limited to small producers on farms averaging 12 acres who belong to small cooperatives, which excludes many socially conscious coffee roasters and importers.’
      • ‘Perfect java begins with roasters who know how to cook a coffee bean.’
      • ‘The Pacific Northwest-based coffee roaster accuses chemicals used on coffee farms of ‘killing lakes and streams.’’
      • ‘Partnering between individual farms, farmer cooperatives, and specialty roasters is also a desirable effort to support small independent farmers and cooperatives.’
      • ‘Hailing from Vancouver, B.C., he can most often be found at the local farmer's markets or independent coffee roasters.’
      • ‘Giveaway products included copies of food and wind magazines; gourmet pasta; and fresh-ground coffee from the ‘southernmost coffee roasters in America’.’
      • ‘The company had recently launched a Fair Trade line, getting its beans from one of those less-than-100% roasters.’