- 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
Examples from the Web for entendre
Contemporary Examples of entendre
But the entendre and innuendo permeates the rest of the series—often innocently, but sometimes far more blatantly.‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music
December 23, 2014
Historical Examples of entendre
Devez entendre que la pluspart de cette ville, hommes et femmes, tiennent fermement l'ancienne foi.History of the Great Reformation, Volume IV
J. H. Merle D'Aubign
Mais peut-tre y avait-il une bonne part d'exagration dans ce que les Werstiens croyaient voir, entendre et ressentir.Le chteau des Carpathes
- 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.