rou·​leau rü-ˈlō How to pronounce rouleau (audio)
plural rouleaux rü-ˈlōz How to pronounce rouleau (audio)
: a little roll
especially : a roll of coins put up in paper

Examples of rouleau in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And, of course, there are a few international treasures as well, including a Chinese Famille-Very rouleau vase made during the Qing Dynasty. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 13 Jan. 2023 At Courrèges, models even walked barefoot, wearing dresses with a spiral of mostly unfastened rouleau buttons from the neck to the hem, dangling the slings of their heeled slingbacks between their fingers. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Oct. 2022 Kate's dress also featured 58 gazar and organza covered buttons on the back, which were fastened by rouleau loops. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, 15 May 2018

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Word History



First Known Use

circa 1691, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rouleau was circa 1691

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“Rouleau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


rou·​leau rü-ˈlō How to pronounce rouleau (audio)
plural rouleaux -ˈlō(z) How to pronounce rouleau (audio) or rouleaus
: a group of red blood corpuscles resembling a stack of coins
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