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

Definition of roulette

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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)

Examples of roulette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Although casino operators and poker enthusiasts seem to love this quote, Burke wasn’t talking about five-card stud or roulette wheels. John Hood, National Review, "New Nationalists Make Three Big Bets," 28 Aug. 2019 The event will feature roulette, blackjack, craps and Texas Hold’em Poker tables. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Crosby Education Foundation to hold Casino Royale fundraiser on Sept. 14," 30 Aug. 2019 Right guard roulette: Jordan Devey, signed as an unrestricted free agent to be a backup at guard and center, has first crack at the right guard spot vacated by Gabe Jackson, whose MCL will keep him out approximately for a quarter of the season. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders place running back Doug Martin on IR, sign Corey Liuget," 25 Aug. 2019 The casinos pay a tax of anywhere from 37 to 45 percent on slots revenue, as well as 10 percent on revenue from table games like craps and roulette. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "Why a $1.2 Billion Gambling Mecca Has Fallen on Hard Times," 16 Aug. 2019 Speaking to reporters earlier this month, Guardiola likened Liverpool's Champions League triumph with a visit to the casino, comparing it with the spin of roulette wheel. Becky Anderson And James Masters, CNN, "Mohamed Salah's message to Pep Guardiola: The Champions League is football's 'biggest competition'," 14 Aug. 2019 The queen of a crooked roulette wheel tries to leave her San Francisco boss for a miner. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Play a fun game of vegetable roulette with your friends before dinner! Birmingham Magazine, al, "These are Birmingham’s 10 best snackable appetizers," 5 Aug. 2019 Poor Cora is playing reliever roulette and hoping for the best. Globe Staff,, "Red Sox traveled long way to learn they’re far from being threat to Yankees," 30 June 2019

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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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11 Oct 2019

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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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