roulette

noun
rou·​lette | \ rü-ˈlet How to pronounce roulette (audio) \

Definition of roulette

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a gambling game in which players bet on which compartment of a revolving wheel a small ball will come to rest in
b : something involving a high degree of chance and unpredictability
2a : any of various toothed wheels or disks (as for producing rows of dots on engraved plates or for making short consecutive incisions in paper to facilitate subsequent division)
b : tiny slits between rows of stamps in a sheet that are made by a roulette and serve as an aid in separation — compare perforation

roulette

verb
rouletted; rouletting

Definition of roulette (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make roulettes in

Examples of roulette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But losing Castellanos would be one very big indicator the Reds have played small money roulette. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 13 Oct. 2021 The measure would let federally recognized tribes in California operate roulette, dice games and sports wagering on tribal lands, as long as tribal-state gaming compacts are negotiated with the governor and approved by the state legislature. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, 28 May 2021 All of this, chaotically, courageously, goes into Crime and Punishment, which Dostoyevsky begins in September 1865 while half-starved and sleepless in a hotel in Wiesbaden, having lost all his money at the roulette table. James Parker, The Atlantic, 19 Oct. 2021 McAfee went to the roulette table and hit on red 18, Peyton's famous audible, winning an impressive amount of money according to the former punter. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Sep. 2021 Pat McAfee told a story about Peyton and an all-time roulette spin. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 25 Oct. 2021 The roulette wheels come from the United Kingdom, Strafella said, and involve a 16-week waiting period. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2021 While in Germany, the Jareckis embarked on a rather unusual career: frequenting casinos and discreetly keeping track of the spins of the roulette wheels. New York Times, 14 June 2021 Lovell lived off his book money and an online $6,000 roulette win, but eventually gambled it all away. Melanie Fine, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The gambling deal gave the Seminoles control over online sports betting throughout the state and allowed the tribe to add craps and roulette to its existing casino operations. Dara Kam, sun-sentinel.com, 23 Dec. 2021 The tribe is ultimately expected to pay billions of dollars to the state because of sports betting and other benefits in the compact, such as being able to offer craps and roulette at tribal casinos. Dara Kam, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Nov. 2021 The deal also allows the Seminoles to offer craps and roulette at its casinos. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 7 Aug. 2021 The deal also allows the Seminoles to offer craps and roulette at its casinos. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 7 Aug. 2021 The deal also allows the Seminoles to offer craps and roulette at its casinos. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 7 Aug. 2021 The deal also allows the Seminoles to offer craps and roulette at its casinos. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 7 Aug. 2021 The deal also allows the Seminoles to offer craps and roulette at its casinos. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 7 Aug. 2021 The deal also allows the Seminoles to offer craps and roulette at its casinos. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 7 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of roulette

Noun

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1867, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for roulette

Noun

French, literally, small wheel, from Old French roelete, diminutive of roele wheel, rowel, from Late Latin rotella, diminutive of Latin rota wheel — more at roll

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The first known use of roulette was in 1744

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Last Updated

16 Jan 2022

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“Roulette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roulette. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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roulette

noun

English Language Learners Definition of roulette

: a game in which a small ball is dropped onto a numbered wheel that is spinning and players bet on which numbered section the ball will rest in

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