high roller

noun

Definition of high roller

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

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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.

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Price is the latest in a series of high rollers brought low by the stunning collapse of Aequitas in early 2016. oregonlive.com, "SEC: Gig Harbor investment advisor secretly in cahoots with Aequitas banned from investment business," 26 July 2019 But amid the neon cacophony of the casino floor on weekend nights, the 44-year-old Milford man played a different role: high roller. Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, "A high-stakes gambler had VIP perks and a million in losses. But where did the cash come from?," 3 Aug. 2019 Jim, high roller Kiz: The early over/under victory totals peg the Nuggets for 52 wins, tied with Houston for third in the West, behind the Los Angeles Clippers (55½) and the Utah Jazz (52½), but barely ahead of the Lakers (51½). Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kickin’ It with Kiz: Here’s how you will know it’s time for Broncos to start rookie QB Drew Lock," 27 July 2019 The opening-night audience was filled with Hollywood stars, Vegas entertainers and assorted high rollers, along with rock critics and entertainment reporters from around the country. Richard Zoglin, Time, "Inside the Las Vegas Show That Turned Elvis' Career Around," 23 July 2019 Chinese high rollers once would have scorned the idea of gambling in the Philippines. Alice Su, latimes.com, "China has a new casino: the Philippines," 1 July 2019 Tucked behind the massive ballrooms, however, are the Salon Super Privés—closed to only certain guests and high rollers. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Gilded Halls and Gorgeous Soufflés: A Guide to Living Large in Monaco," 12 Sep. 2018 In earnings, high rollers in Macau helped lift Wynn’s fourth-quarter earnings and sales above estimates. Dana Pardini, Bloomberg.com, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak (Podcast)," 22 Jan. 2018 Del Mar Racetrack The Del Mar Racetrack is a spectacle for high rollers and casual gamblers alike, with lightening-fast horse races that'll get your heart pumping. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Things to Do in San Diego," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of high roller

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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high roller

noun

English Language Learners Definition of high roller

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

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