Meaning of roulette in English:


Pronunciation /rʊˈlɛt/

Translate roulette into Spanish


  • 1mass noun A gambling game in which a ball is dropped on to a revolving wheel with numbered compartments, the players betting on the number at which the ball comes to rest.

    ‘The book does provide reasonable introductions to several casino games, such as roulette, craps, and baccarat.’
    • ‘The site offers slots, roulette and animated card games including poker and blackjack.’
    • ‘Players at the hotel's casino can choose from four gambling tables, three of them for card games and one for roulette.’
    • ‘Do not assume you will ever be a winner in the long run at negative expectation games (e.g., craps, roulette, baccarat, keno, most slots).’
    • ‘In a game of roulette, assuming the wheel is fairly balanced, you might say that the past results show that you can't tell what's coming next.’
    • ‘It was pretty much an all night event at a recreation center that had ping-pong, racquetball, casino games like blackjack and roulette, and basketball courts.’
    • ‘Gaming tables, electronic roulette and rows of Las Vegas-style slots fill the casino floor, divided into smoking and non-smoking areas.’
    • ‘New fixed-odds terminals featuring a number of games including roulette were named as the driving force of recent growth at the group's 2,000 betting shops.’
    • ‘Risk, he argued, was a randomness - as in a game of roulette - whose probability could be determined.’
    • ‘His books on blackjack, roulette, video poker, craps, slots and new games are consistently on the most-requested books lists of Ingram and other distributors.’
    • ‘Roulette is the most popular game in Europe; where there is only one zero on the wheel, and the player's money lasts longer.’
    • ‘Were this to be your goal, roulette could still be your game but an alternate approach would be appropriate.’
    • ‘There are five information-packed little sections on roulette.’
    • ‘It is one of the best resources for isolating some of the earliest refinements by cheats for shooting craps and for cheating at roulette.’
    • ‘Some 1800 people have registered for online roulette from the casino since the service opened in July.’
    • ‘The artist was famous, of course, for his preoccupation with chess and roulette.’
    • ‘Blackjack is the only game in town, because unlike roulette or craps, what has gone before will influence what is about to happen.’
    • ‘Jean, a young man who works as a bank clerk, is invited to the casino by a friend and promptly wins big at roulette.’
    • ‘Explaining that he'd been playing roulette, his wife asked how he did.’
    • ‘Day after day, he loses at poker, he loses at roulette, and he loses in life - for he's now addicted to heroin.’
  • 2A tool or machine with a revolving toothed wheel, used in engraving or for making slit-shaped perforations between postage stamps.

    ‘This is a method of puncturing a plate with roulettes, punches, and other tools so that modelling is achieved with greater or lesser accumulations of dots.’
    • ‘Frequently the engraver began by etching the foundation of the design, and then built it up by the use of a special curved burin and by roulettes, punches, and other tools.’


[with object]
  • Make slit-shaped perforations in (paper, especially sheets of postage stamps)

    • ‘the pages are rouletted next to the binding’


Mid 17th century (denoting a small wheel): from French, diminutive of rouelle ‘wheel’, diminutive of roue ‘wheel’, from Latin rota ‘wheel’.