noun, plural rou·leaux, rou·leaus [roo-lohz] /ruˈloʊz/.
  1. a roll or strip of something, as trimming on a hat brim.
  2. 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for rouleau

Contemporary Examples of rouleau

Historical Examples of rouleau

  • A rouleau of louis escaped at the instant, and fell about the table.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

  • I have no rouleau,” said the Squire; “but I'll fly a cheque on Meiklewham.

    St. Ronan's Well

    Sir Walter Scott

  • There was a little more in the rouleau than had been bargained for.

    Wood Rangers

    Mayne Reid

  • I put the rouleau on my dressing-table, sat on my bed and began to take off my boots.

  • Rouleau took from his pocket a roll of bills and counted them.

British Dictionary definitions for rouleau


noun plural -leaux (-ləʊ, -ləʊz) or -leaus
  1. a roll of paper containing coins
  2. (often plural) a roll of ribbon

Word Origin for rouleau

C17: from French, from role roll
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