[ duhb-uhl ahn-tahn-druh, -tahnd; French doo-blahn-tahn-druh ]
/ ˈdʌb əl ɑnˈtɑn drə, -ˈtɑnd; French du blɑ̃ˈtɑ̃ drə /
noun, plural dou·ble en·ten·dres [duhb-uhl ahn-tahn-druhz, -tahndz; French doo-blahn-tahn-druh]. /ˈdʌb əl ɑnˈtɑn drəz, -ˈtɑndz; French du blɑ̃ˈtɑ̃ drə/.
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.
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How to use double entendre in a sentence
But the entendre and innuendo permeates the rest of the series—often innocently, but sometimes far more blatantly.
Hello Kitty as a double entendre is actually surprisingly modest and sneaky.
Biden has shown before that he loves a good double—or even triple—entendre.
The double entendre works, says Ward, whose job includes inventing these combinations and giving them catchy names.
He followed that up with a decidedly single-entendre tribute to Just Go With It star Brooklyn Deckers, uh, assets.
A double-entendre is designed here, and the same is often to be found in old plays.
Il y est resté trois ans sans entendre parler de ce que nous appelons ici lautorité.
Devez entendre que la pluspart de cette ville, hommes et femmes, tiennent fermement lancienne foi.
Now large teeth do not lend themselves to well-spoken comedy scenes, to smiles, or to double entendre.
It was impossible to think of telling her a nasty story, a double entendre fell flat when she was there.
British Dictionary definitions for double entendre
/ (ˈdʌbəl ɑːnˈtɑːndrə, -ˈtɑːnd, French dubl ɑ̃tɑ̃drə) /
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
C17: from obsolete French: double meaning
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Cultural definitions for double entendre
[ (dub-uhl-ahn-tahn-druh; dooh-blahnn-tahnn-druh) ]
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.”
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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