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[duhb-uh l-dek-er] /ˈdʌb əlˈdɛk ər/
something with two decks, tiers, or the like, as two beds one above the other, a ship with two decks above the water line, or a bus with two decks.
a food item consisting of two main layers, as a sandwich made with three slices of bread and two layers of filling.
Origin of double-decker
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This river-craft was a double-decker, propelled by oars from the lower deck.

    A Tour of the Missions

    Augustus Hopkins Strong
  • The double-decker is doomed, and the twenty-five-foot lot has had its day.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • The cars were originally imported from Birmingham, of the double-decker type.

    Silver Chimes in Syria W. S. Nelson
  • Enormous indeed it must be, if we can imagine a double-decker a mile long!

    Gibraltar Henry M. Field
  • There were twenty-three other families in this “double-decker.”

    The Girls of Hillcrest Farm

    Amy Bell Marlowe
  • If things keep on they will have to make the Avenue a double-decker street.

    The Bachelors William Dana Orcutt
  • Clyde had his way, and he and Burl shared a double-decker chamber.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet Donald Allen Wollheim
British Dictionary definitions for double-decker


(mainly Brit) a bus with two passenger decks
  1. a thing or structure having two decks, layers, etc
  2. (as modifier): a double-decker sandwich
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Word Origin and History for double-decker

1835 of ships, 1867 of street vehicles; from double (adj.) + deck (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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