rou·lette | \rü-ˈlet \

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


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

The other side is betting on black, the roulette table, the Trump scandal. Fox News, "Trump cancels White House visit for Philadelphia Eagles," 6 June 2018 The amendment also would have defined how many gambling positions could be counted at a dice or roulette table and removed the allowance of the four gambling tournaments that don't have to count toward the total gambling position cap. Julia O'donoghue,, "Governor will decide whether riverboat casinos get more gambling, move on land," 16 May 2018 Chinese buyers in particular are effectively playing roulette. The Economist, "Canaries in the coal mine," 14 June 2018 Tribal gaming operations will be adding craps and roulette to their more than 73,000 electronic games and 5,300 bingo seats. Marsha Mercer, The Christian Science Monitor, "As sports betting expands, gambling addiction services fall behind," 18 May 2018 The Senate measure includes numerous provisions, including allowing tribal casinos to offer craps and roulette, making clear that fantasy sports are not gambling under Florida law and lowering slot-machine tax rates from 35 percent to 25 percent. News Service Of Florida,, "Gambling bill remains long shot in final days of session," 7 Mar. 2018 So far, so gambling: these essential features are found in roulette, slot machines, betting on horses, raffles, and lotteries. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Op-ed: Game companies need to cut the crap—loot boxes are obviously gambling," 28 May 2018 Take the same money into a casino and bet on a roulette wheel coming up red and your odds of winning are 47%. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Investors Can’t Get Enough of Wall Street’s Sucker’s Bets," 29 June 2018 Lawmakers want to give the tribe additional games, such as craps and roulette, in exchange for asking for higher annual payments to Florida. Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Legislature may reconvene. $300 million is at risk and Seminole Tribe holds the cards. | Miami Herald," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of roulette


1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1867, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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The first known use of roulette was in 1744

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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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