A roast is an event, almost exclusively in the United States, in which an individual is subjected to a public presentation of comedic insults, praise, outlandish true and untrue stories, and heartwarming tributes as a mock counter to a toast. The implication being that the roastee is able to take the jokes in good humor and not as serious criticism or insult, and it is seen by some as a great honor to be roasted. The individual is surrounded by friends, fans, and well-wishers, who can receive some of the same treatment as well during the course of the evening. The party and presentation itself are both referred to as a "roast." The host of the event is ...

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  1. A cut of meat suited to roasting
  2. A meal consisting of roast foods.
  3. The degree to which something, especially coffee, is roasted.
    Dark roast means that the coffee bean has been roasted to a higher temperature and for a longer period of time than in light roast.
  4. (Originally fraternal) A comical event where a person is subjected to verbal attack, yet may be praised by sarcasm and jokes.


  1. To cook food by heating in an oven or over a fire without covering, resulting in a crisp, possibly even slightly charred appearance.
    to roast meat on a spit
  2. To cook by surrounding with hot embers, ashes, sand, etc.
    to roast a potato in ashes
  3. To process by drying through exposure to sun or artificial heat
    Coffee beans need roasting before use.
    to roast chestnuts or peanuts
  4. To heat to excess; to heat violently; to burn.
  5. To admonish someone vigorously
    I’m late home for the fourth time this week; my mate will really roast me this time.
  6. To subject to bantering, severely criticize, sometimes as a comedy routine.
    The class clown enjoys being roasted by mates as well as staff.
  7. To dissipate by heat the volatile parts of, as ores.


  1. having been cooked by roasting
  2. subjected to roasting, bantered, severely criticized

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