- 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.
Origin of double entendre
Related Words for double entendreinnuendo, pun, ambiguity, equivocation, joke, equivocality, equivoque, tergiversation
- 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
Word Origin for double entendre
also double-entendre, 1670s, from French (where it was rare and is now obsolete), literally "a twofold meaning," from entendre (now entente) "to hear, to understand, to mean." The proper Modern French phrase would be double entente, but the phrase has become established in English in its old form.