high roller


Definition of high roller

1 : a person who spends freely in luxurious living
2 : a person who gambles recklessly or for high stakes

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from high roller

high-rolling \ ˈhī-​ˈrō-​liŋ How to pronounce high-rolling (audio) \ adjective

Examples of high roller in a Sentence

a high roller known for his lavish parties The casino offers special deals to attract high rollers.
Recent Examples on the Web The high rollers—mostly wealthy businessmen from mainland China—may come back sooner than casual gamblers, provided their businesses recover from the hit. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Coronavirus Has Started an Unlucky Streak for Casinos," 2 Mar. 2020 Minichino also says that nightclubs can no longer rely as much on the VIPs and high rollers to drop $10,000 to $50,000 in a night. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "The Story Behind The Palms Casino's Cancellation of Marshmello's Residency and the Closing of KAOS," 5 Apr. 2019 And don’t forget about those high rollers who sit courtside and are forever getting run over, or sat upon, by a player chasing a loose ball. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS ban on media won't keep anyone safe from coronavirus," 10 Mar. 2020 While ordinary attendees chomp down on hot dogs and sodas, Hard Rock Stadium's Centerplate Executive Chef Dayanny De la Cruz has something special planned for the high rollers. Kevin Conlon, CNN, "Here's what a $40,000 Super Bowl ticket will get you," 25 Jan. 2020 Now the question is how the outbreak could affect the U.S. gambling industry, centered in Las Vegas, which has historically hosted high rollers from China. NBC News, "Las Vegas casinos brace for loss of Chinese tourism as coronavirus spreads," 2 Mar. 2020 American Airlines fell more than 5 percent, and Wynn Resorts, which operates casinos in Macau, a special administrative region of China and a gambling haven for Chinese high rollers, tumbled 8 percent. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "Stocks Have Worst Day Since October Over Coronavirus Worries," 28 Jan. 2020 American Airlines fell more than 5 percent, and Wynn Resorts, which operates casinos in Macao, a special administrative region of China and a gambling haven for Chinese high rollers, tumbled 8 percent. Katie Robertson, BostonGlobe.com, "Stocks have worst day since October over coronavirus worries," 27 Jan. 2020 The film features Sandler as a high-end New York jeweler and basketball fanatic with a gambling problem who loves the idea of being a high roller, hanging with the likes of the Weeknd, Kevin Garnett and more. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Adam Sandler shows off a dark side in ‘Uncut Gems’," 17 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'high roller.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of high roller

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about high roller

Time Traveler for high roller

Time Traveler

The first known use of high roller was in 1873

See more words from the same year

Statistics for high roller

Last Updated

3 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“High roller.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20roller. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for high roller

high roller


English Language Learners Definition of high roller

: a rich person who spends a lot of money
: a person who gambles large amounts of money

More from Merriam-Webster on high roller

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for high roller

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with high roller

Comments on high roller

What made you want to look up high roller? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!