Definition of roaster in US English:



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

    • ‘Seasonal Sardinian and Sicilian chestnut roasters were busy in the square, and we had time to reflect on the long journey.’
    • ‘She takes them and dumps them unceremoniously into the roaster, seasons the meat and puts the lid on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A reverberating furnace with two hearths heated a roaster to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit to calcine the ore.’
    • ‘The two of them took the heavy iron roaster from the oven and set it on the metal rack protecting the counter top.’
    • ‘Women sell everything from tomatoes, chillies and betel to clay coffee roasters and straw sleeping mats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A person or company that processes coffee beans.
      ‘he set up his own business as a tea dealer and coffee roaster’
      • ‘Giveaway products included copies of food and wind magazines; gourmet pasta; and fresh-ground coffee from the ‘southernmost coffee roasters in America’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many roasters prefer the French Press technique because it comes closest to the way coffee is ‘cupped,’ or graded for quality.’
      • ‘Hailing from Vancouver, B.C., he can most often be found at the local farmer's markets or independent coffee roasters.’
      • ‘The place I worked at was called ‘Mocha Blues,’ and it was one of the best coffee roasters in town.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘The company had recently launched a Fair Trade line, getting its beans from one of those less-than-100% roasters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some firmers will sell directly to roasters either in Kona or elsewhere.’
      • ‘We're not drinking more, but the coffee shops and big roasters are certainly making more.’
      • ‘Partnering between individual farms, farmer cooperatives, and specialty roasters is also a desirable effort to support small independent farmers and cooperatives.’
    2. 1.2 A 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.’