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noun (1)

roll·​er ˈrō-lər How to pronounce roller (audio)
: a revolving cylinder over or on which something is moved or which is used to press, shape, spread, or smooth something
: a cylinder or rod on which something (such as a shade) is rolled up
: a long heavy ocean wave
: one that rolls or performs a rolling operation
: a slowly rolling ground ball


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noun (2)

rol·​ler ˈrō-lər How to pronounce roller (audio)
: any of various mostly brightly colored nonpasserine Old World birds (family Coraciidae) that perform rolling aerial dives during courtship displays
: a canary having a song in which the notes are soft and run together

Examples of roller in a Sentence

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Word History


Noun (2)

German, from rollen to roll, reverberate, from Middle French roller — more at roll

First Known Use

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of roller was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Roller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a turning cylinder over or on which something is moved or which is used to press, shape, spread, or smooth something
: a rod on which something (as a map or a shade) is rolled up
: a small wheel (as of a roller skate)
: a long heavy wave on the sea
: one that rolls or rolls over

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