double entendre


dou·ble en·ten·dre

noun \ˈdüb-əl-äⁿ-ˈtäⁿd(-rə); ˈdə-bəl-än-ˈtänd(-rə)\

: a word or expression that can be understood in two different ways with one way usually referring to sex

plural double entendres \same also -ˈtäⁿz; -ˈtän-drəz\

Full Definition of DOUBLE ENTENDRE

1
:  ambiguity of meaning arising from language that lends itself to more than one interpretation
2
:  a word or expression capable of two interpretations with one usually risqué

Examples of DOUBLE ENTENDRE

  1. The song's title is a double entendre.

Origin of DOUBLE ENTENDRE

obsolete French, literally, double meaning
First Known Use: 1673

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

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