a double meaning.
a word or expression used in a given context so that it can be understood in two ways, especially when one meaning is risqué.
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How to use double entendre in a sentence
"Hello Kitty" as a double entendre is actually surprisingly modest and sneaky.Avril Lavigne’s Dumb ‘Hello Kitty’ Video Is Rife with Cultural Appropriation | Amy Zimmerman | April 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The double entendre works, says Ward, whose job includes inventing these combinations and giving them catchy names.Hotels Lure High-End Clients With In-Room Cocktail Service | Elyse Moody | July 15, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The title The Bang Bang Club could almost be a double entendre, considering how much sex you guys have in the film.
Axe drives a double entendre into the ground with this little doozy.
The book is called Help—a postmodern touch and, for the long-suffering maids, a clever double-entendre.
A double-entendre is designed here, and the same is often to be found in old plays.
Now large teeth do not lend themselves to well-spoken comedy scenes, to smiles, or to double entendre.The Elusive Pimpernel | Baroness Emmuska Orczy
It was impossible to think of telling her a nasty story, a "double entendre" fell flat when she was there.My War Experiences in Two Continents | Sarah Macnaughtan
I answered hastily, trying to avoid the unpleasant double entendre, and choosing to accept it in its strictly explicit phase.The Long Day | Dorothy Richardson
Though a good fellow and a wisely humorous one, he seldom said any thing whose cleverness lay in a double-entendre.
British Dictionary definitions for double entendre
a word, phrase, etc, that can be interpreted in two ways, esp one having one meaning that is indelicate
the type of humour that depends upon such ambiguity
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Cultural definitions for double-entendre
A word or expression that has two different meanings (in French, double-entendre means “double meaning”), one of which is often bawdy or indelicate. A double-entendre is found in this sentence: “A nudist camp is simply a place where men and women meet to air their differences.”
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