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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. 2017.
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  • 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
  • Imagine a huge chill room with brick walls, containing four hundred double-decker beds and nothing else.

    A "Y Girl in France Katherine Shortall
  • If things keep on they will have to make the Avenue a double-decker street.

    The Bachelors William Dana Orcutt
  • It was a double-decker with large cabins below and aloft, and with runways for vehicles between.

  • The common type of tenement to-day is the double-decker, and the double-decker is hopeless.

    A Ten Year War Jacob A. Riis
  • Then she walked down to Trimble Avenue and approached the huge, double-decker where they had lived.

    The Girls of Hillcrest Farm Amy Bell Marlowe
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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