Definition of roulette
1a : a gambling game in which players bet on which compartment of a revolving wheel a small ball will come to rest inb : 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
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Revolving door: The game of roster roulette continued with more shuffling of the pitching staff, and by all indications that trend will continue.
As part of that conversion, the ship's cavernous concert hall -- the location of so many New Orleans memories -- was outfitted with roulette, blackjack and poker tables, as well as slot machines.
A deadly roulette wheel was spinning in Steve Shearer’s mind.
The death was ruled a suicide, but it was rumored that the young man and Ms. Pallenberg had been playing Russian roulette.
The last time Elvis Costello played Charlotte was 2012, in the revival of his Spectacular Spinning Songbook Tour, in which audience members determined much of the setlist by chance, spinning a giant roulette wheel of 150 Costello songs.
Both Richards and Ms. Pallenberg were known to stray, and in 1979 a 17-year-old boy killed himself in Ms. Pallenberg’s company, possibly while playing Russian roulette.
For the bold and daring, marbling your hair is a lot like playing hair dye roulette.
Other games will include blackjack, craps and roulette.
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Definition of roulette
: to make roulettes in
First Known Use of roulette
ROULETTE Defined for English Language Learners
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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