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rou·lette / roōˈlet/ • n. 1. a gambling game in which a ball is dropped onto a revolving wheel (roulette wheel) with numbered compartments, the players betting on the number at which the ball will come to rest. 2. a tool or machine with a revolving toothed wheel, used in engraving or for making slit-shaped perforations between postage stamps. • v. [tr.] make slit-shaped perforations in (paper, esp. sheets of postage stamps): the pages are rouletted next to the binding. ORIGIN: mid 18th cent.: from French, diminutive of rouelle ‘wheel,’ from late Latin rotella, diminutive of Latin rota ‘wheel.’

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roulette Game of chance in which people gamble on which of 37 numbered slots (38 in the USA) in a spinning wheel a small white ball will end up in when the wheel stops. Gamblers place their bets on a table marked out with the numbers. The bank wins all stakes if the ball stops on 0 (and 00 in the USA).

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roulette XVIII. — F., f. rouelle, dim. of roue wheel:- L. rota; see -ETTE.