When meat roasts, it cooks for a long time in an oven or outside over hot coals.
- Many Americans roast a turkey for Thanksgiving.
- Do you like pot roast? (This is beef that is cooked slowly over several hours.)
- Have you ever attended a pig roast? (A whole pig is cooked outside over a pit filled with charcoal. This is popular during large parties held in the summer.)
- Many grocery stores sell whole roasted chickens that you can take home and serve immediately to your family.
- A roasting pan that has a cover is very useful when roasting food.
The word "roast" is also used to describe hot weather:
- It’s so hot outside it feels like I’m roasting.
- Three girls roasting on the beach all afternoon were badly sunburned.
- It’s roasting out here!
A roast can also be a fun celebration of a person’s life or career, or it might be sharp criticism:
- Dan was roasted by his boss for failing to fill out his time sheet properly.
- A comedy roast on TV honored the lifetime achievements of a famous actor.
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This page was first published on November 20, 2012. It was updated on May 24, 2015.