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roulette

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noun rou·lette \ rü-ˈlet \

Definition of roulette

1 a :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
2 a :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

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Origin and Etymology of roulette

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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roulette

verb

Definition of roulette

rouletted; rouletting
transitive verb
:to make roulettes in

First Known Use of roulette

1867


ROULETTE Defined for English Language Learners

roulette

play
noun

Definition of roulette for English Language Learners

  • : 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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