[duhb-uh l-dek-er]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for double-decker

Contemporary Examples of double-decker

Historical Examples of double-decker

  • 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 cars were originally imported from Birmingham, of the double-decker type.

  • Enormous indeed it must be, if we can imagine a double-decker a mile long!


    Henry M. Field

  • There were twenty-three other families in this “double-decker.”

British Dictionary definitions for double-decker



mainly British 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