Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small roll, especially of coins wrapped in paper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A little roll; a roll of coins put up in paper, or something resembling such a roll.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little roll; a roll of coins put up in paper, or something resembling such a roll.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A roll.
  • n. In millinery, a large piping or rounded fluting: generally used in the plural: as, a trimming of rouleaux.
  • n. Milit., one of a collection of round bundles of fascines tied together, which serve to cover besiegers or to mask the head of a work.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a roll of ribbon
  • n. a roll of coins wrapped in paper

Etymologies

French, from Old French rolel, diminutive of role, roll, from Latin rotula, diminutive of rota, wheel; see rota.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Jean made two deep bows, the Americans two little ones, after which they foraged in their bags, from which each drew a 'rouleau' of 1,000 francs, daintily inclosed in green sheaths of serpent-skin, clasped with gold.

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  • Je dis souvent "Je suis encore dans le jeu," mais maintenant je peut dire "Je ne suis pas encore au bout du rouleau!"

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  • Back home on the porch we tchatche* about tout et rien* including how a certain tante* is in good health -- far from reaching "le bout du rouleau," or "the end of the roll".

    mother-in-law

  • Back home on the porch we tchatche* about tout et rien* including how a certain tante* is in good health--far from reaching "le bout du rouleau," or "the end of the roll".

    mother-in-law

  • (Changer le rouleau de papier toilette quand il est vide.)

    regle - French Word-A-Day

  • Quizzard reached back and with sure fingers pulled a rouleau of sovereigns off the desk.

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  • Ouais me faut pas grand chose je sais mais c parce que j'suis fatigué et j'entends Jasp 'qui delire derriere moi avec un rouleau de PQ vide ...

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  • “Done,” said Sir Bingo, but in a less confident tone than before, and with a determination to proceed with some caution in the matter. — “I have got a rouleau above, and Winterblossom shall hold stakes.”

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Changer le rouleau de papier toilette quand il est vide.

    regle - French Word-A-Day

  • I had taken the trouble to break off a dozen perforated sheets from the rouleau, ripping them neatly in half, before laying them atop the roll, as any thoughtful hostess sans toilet paper would.

    Words in a French Life

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