- The definition of roast is cooked over very high heat with little moisture.
An example of roast used as an adjective is in the phrase roast pork.
- Roast is defined as something cooked over very high heat with little moisture, or the act of such a cooking.
An example of a roast is rib beef for Christmas dinner.
- Roast means to cook with little moisture, or over very hot heat.
An example of roast is to put chicken in the oven at 400 degrees.
- to cook (something) with little or no moisture, as in an oven, over an open fire, or in hot embers: to roast a chicken, an ox, an ear of corn, etc.
- to dry, parch, or brown (coffee, etc.) by exposure to heat
- to expose to great heat
- to heat (an ore) in a furnace in the presence of oxygen or air so as to form oxides
- to warm (oneself), as at a fireplace
- Informal to criticize severely or ridicule without mercy
Origin: Middle English rosten from Old French rostir from Frankish an unverified form raustjan, akin to Old High German rosten from rost, gridiron, roast
- to roast meat, etc.
- to be cooked by being roasted
- to be or become very hot
- something roasted; esp., roasted meat or a piece of roasted meat
- a cut of meat for roasting
- a roasting or being roasted
- ☆ a picnic at which food is roasted and eaten: a steer roast
- severe criticism or ridicule
- ☆ an entertainment at which a person, esp. a celebrity, undergoes severe but playful criticism
- roasting adjective
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verb roast·ed, roast·ing, roasts verb, transitive
- To cook with dry heat, as in an oven or near hot coals.
- To dry, brown, or parch by exposing to heat.
- To expose to great or excessive heat.
- Metallurgy To heat (ores) in a furnace in order to dehydrate, purify, or oxidize before smelting.
- Informal a. To ridicule or criticize harshly.b. To honor at or subject to a roast.
- To cook food in an oven.
- To undergo roasting.
- a. Something roasted.b. A cut of meat suitable or prepared for roasting.
- a. The act or process of roasting.b. The state of being roasted.
- a. Harsh ridicule or criticism.b. A facetious tribute, as at a banquet, in which the honoree is alternately praised and insulted.
Origin: Middle English rosten, from Old French rostir, of Germanic origin.