[ duhb-uhl-dek-er ]

  1. 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.

  2. 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

Words Nearby double-decker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use double-decker in a sentence

  • The forward speed of the Queen was checked and the big double-decker nosed into its pier.

    Helen in the Editor's Chair | Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • If the house was a double-decker, as Baranof Castle at Sitka, powder was stored in the cellar.

    Vikings of the Pacific | Agnes C. Laut
  • As I have before stated, the Miama was a large double-ender, and she was also a very high boat, being a double-decker as well.

    In and Out of Rebel Prisons | Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper
  • Imagine a huge chill room with brick walls, containing four hundred double-decker beds and nothing else.

    A "Y Girl in France | Katherine Shortall
  • The cars were originally imported from Birmingham, of the double-decker type.

    Silver Chimes in Syria | W. S. Nelson

British Dictionary definitions for double-decker


  1. mainly British a bus with two passenger decks

  2. informal

    • a thing or structure having two decks, layers, etc

    • (as modifier): a double-decker sandwich

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