- The definition of a muster is a gathering or collection of people or things.
An example of muster is a group of military personnel meeting for roll call.
- Muster is defined as to bring or gather something together.
An example of muster is bringing a group of friends together to help a friend in need.
- Muster means to call a group in for inspection, roll call or service.
An example of muster is a troop sergeant summoning troops for a gun inspection.
- to assemble or summon (troops, etc.), as for inspection, roll call, or service
- to put through a roll call
- to gather together and display; collect; summon: often with up: to muster up strength
- to have in number; amount to
Origin of musterMiddle English mousteren from Old French moustrer, to exhibit, show from Medieval Latin mustrare from Classical Latin monstrare, to show from monstrum: see monster
- a gathering together or assembling, as of troops for inspection
- the persons or things assembled; assemblage
- the sum of these
- the roll, or list, of persons in a military or naval unitalso muster roll
muster in (or out)
verbmus·tered, mus·ter·ing, mus·ters
- To call (troops) together, as for inspection.
- To cause to come together; gather: Bring all the volunteers you can muster.
- To bring into existence or readiness; summon up: mustering up her strength for the ordeal. See Synonyms at call.
- a. A gathering, especially of troops, for service, inspection, review, or roll call.b. The persons assembled for such a gathering.
- A muster roll.
- A gathering or collection: a muster of business leaders at a luncheon.
- A flock of peacocks.
Origin of musterMiddle English mustren from Old French moustrer from Latin mōnstrāre to show from mōnstrum sign, portent from monēre to warn ; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
- An assemblage or display; a gathering, collection of people or things. [from 14th c.]
- (chiefly military) An assembling or review of troops, as for parade, verification of numbers, inspection, exercise, or introduction into service. [from 15th c.]
- The sum total of an army when assembled for review and inspection; the whole number of effective men in an army.
- (Australia, New Zealand) A roundup of livestock for inspection, branding, drenching, shearing etc. [from 19th c.]
- 1647, Beaumont and Fletcher, The Queen of Corinth, Act 2:
- And when you find your women's favour fail, / 'Tis ten to one you'll know yourself, and seek me, / Upon a better muster of your manners.
- A collection of peafowl (an invented term rather than one used by zoologists). [from 15th c.]
(third-person singular simple present musters, present participle mustering, simple past and past participle mustered)
- (intransitive) To be gathered together for parade, inspection, exercise, or the like (especially of a military force); to come together as parts of a force or body. [from 15th c.]
- To collect, call or assemble together, such as troops or a group for inspection, orders, display etc. [from 15th c.]
- (US) To enroll (into service). [from 19th c.]