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 rouleaux

Historical Examples of rouleaux

  • 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.


    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.

  • In the centre sits the banker, gold and silver in piles and rouleaux, and bank-notes before him.

British Dictionary definitions for rouleaux


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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