roller-coaster

adjective roll·er-coast·er \ ˈrō-lər-ˌkō-stər , ˈrō-lə-ˌkō- \
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

Definition of roller-coaster

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

First Known Use of roller-coaster

1940

in the meaning defined above

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roller coaster

noun roll·er coast·er \ ˈrō-lər-ˌkō-stər , ˈrō-lē-ˌkō- \

Definition of roller coaster

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

  1. We went for a ride on the roller coaster.

  2. The divorce was an emotional roller coaster for both of them.

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First Known Use of roller coaster

1883

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ROLLER-COASTER Defined for English Language Learners

roller coaster

Definition of roller coaster for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ROLLER-COASTER Defined for Kids

roller coaster

noun

Definition of roller coaster for Students

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

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