- 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, vagueness, doubt, uncertainty, equivocation, obscurity, puzzle, doubtfulness, dubiousness, tergiversation, indefiniteness, enigma, anagram, dubiety, incertitude, polysemy, ambiguity, joke, equivocality
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Historical Examples of double-entendre
It was not a double-entendre, but a mot of triple ambiguity.The Scalp Hunters
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
The double-entendre of Telo with Mentula is evident, and makes clear the apology to Venus.The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus
Caius Valerius Catullus
Then there is double-entendre, implying a secondary meaning of doubtful delicacy.Society for Pure English, Tract 5
Society for Pure English
- 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.
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.”