noun, plural dou·ble en·ten·dres [duhb-uh l ahn-tahn-druh z, -tahndz; French doo-blahn-tahn-druh] /ˈdʌb əl ɑnˈtɑn drəz, -ˈtɑndz; French du blɑ̃ˈtɑ̃ drə/.
Examples from the Web for double-entendre
Though a good fellow and a wisely humorous one, he seldom said any thing whose cleverness lay in a double-entendre.
A double-entendre is designed here, and the same is often to be found in old plays.
This double-entendre was originally published in a Philadelphia newspaper a hundred years ago.The Queer, the Quaint and the Quizzical|Frank H. Stauffer
It was not a double-entendre, but a mot of triple ambiguity.The Scalp Hunters|Mayne Reid
No double-entendre was intended, but Ruth's thoughts gave one miserable bound to Arnold.Other Things Being Equal|Emma Wolf
British Dictionary definitions for double-entendre
Word Origin for double entendre
Word Origin and History 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.
Culture 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.”