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[roo-loh] /ruˈloʊ/
noun, plural rouleaux, rouleaus
[roo-lohz] /ruˈloʊz/ (Show IPA)
a roll or strip of something, as trimming on a hat brim.
a stack or roll of coins put up in cylindrical form in a paper wrapping.
Origin of rouleau
1685-95; < French; Middle French rolel, diminutive of role roll Unabridged
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  • And a dozen rouleaux of twenty-franc pieces were pushed over to the winner.

    Over the Ocean Curtis Guild
  • The chevalier drew the rouleaux from his pocket and showed them.

    Beatrix Honore de Balzac
  • Grindley had tumbled the rouleaux and the loose gold into his handkerchief.

    The Messenger

    Elizabeth Robins
  • I have the two rouleaux of gold that you gave me when you left the camp.

    The Forty-Five Guardsmen Alexandre Dumas
  • In the centre sits the banker, gold and silver in piles and rouleaux, and bank-notes before him.

  • The superintendent terminated his speech by opening a drawer, and taking from it four rouleaux which he placed before D'Artagnan.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • They are rather coin-shaped, and when a drop of blood is quiet they are usually found aggregated in rows, like rouleaux of money.

  • There he held them up and rolled out five rouleaux, each containing a hundred Mexican dollars.


    John William De Forest
  • The safe door is left open, and the visitor sees within the piles of bank-notes and the rouleaux of gold.

  • Others of white or pink satin, edged with ruches of guipure lace, or rouleaux of marabouts.

British Dictionary definitions for rouleaux


noun (pl) -leaux (-ləʊ; -ləʊz), -leaus
a roll of paper containing coins
(often pl) a roll of ribbon
Word Origin
C17: from French, from roleroll
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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