roll·​er-coast·​er | \ ˈrō-lər-ˌkō-stər How to pronounce roller-coaster (audio) , ˈrō-lə-ˌkō-\

Definition of roller-coaster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: marked by numerous ups and downs an entertainer's roller-coaster career

roller coaster

roll·​er coast·​er | \ ˈrō-lər-ˌkō-stər How to pronounce roller coaster (audio) , ˈrō-lē-ˌkō-\

Definition of roller coaster (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an elevated railway (as in an amusement park) constructed with sharp curves and steep inclines on which cars roll
2 : something resembling a roller coaster especially : behavior, events, or experiences characterized by sudden and extreme changes an emotional roller coaster

Examples of roller-coaster in a Sentence


We went for a ride on the roller coaster. The divorce was an emotional roller coaster for both of them.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Check out the livestock and other exhibits, ride the roller coasters, take part in a pie-eating contest and much more. Alison Stanton, azcentral, "The best fall festivals around Phoenix in 2019: Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead, art and more," 12 Sep. 2019 It’ll be refurbished and spinning on-site along with the classic roller coaster, giant slide, toddler-friendly mini-mobiles, bumper boats and more cheap family fun. John Wenzel, The Know, "Love horsesand EDM? Get a little of both at this weekend’s PoloFest," 30 Aug. 2019 Photos published on the Daily Mail show Cooper hopping on a roller coaster, cruising on a canal boat ride, and taking a spin on the famous Flying Dumbo attraction. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yes, That's Bradley Cooper Under That Mustache," 27 Aug. 2019 Admission includes all rides, roller coasters, free soft drinks and free 18-hole mini-golf. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Aug. 26-Sept. 2," 26 Aug. 2019 Other additions include an indoor Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, a Ratatouille ride imported from a prior iteration currently operating at Disneyland Paris, and new landscaping around the 305-acre property. Joey Nolfi,, "Disney reveals Moana, Marvel attraction details for Epcot, California Adventure," 23 Aug. 2019 For years, taking the elevators at the Manhattan Promenade apartment building was like taking a ride on an unpredictable, shaky roller coaster. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Man Crushed to Death in Manhattan Building With History of Elevator Problems," 22 Aug. 2019 Despite multiple disabilities caused by the meningitis, Deja has ridden every roller coaster at Disney World, attended multiple summer camps, rode horses and developed a deep love for life and school., "‘Her strength was amazing’: After daughter’s death, Alabama mother continues her legacy through charity," 18 July 2019 Niki’s West, the venerable meat-and-three on Finley Avenue, is a restaurant roller coaster. John Archibald |, al, "Are you a true Birmingham local? Answer these 15 questions," 9 Sep. 2019

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1940, in the meaning defined above


1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of roller coaster

: a ride at an amusement park which is like a small, open train with tracks that are high off the ground and that have sharp curves and steep hills
: a situation or experience that involves sudden and extreme changes

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Kids Definition of roller coaster

: an amusement park ride that is an elevated railway with sharp curves and steep slopes over which cars travel

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