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double entendre

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noun dou·ble en·ten·dre \ˈdüb-əl-äⁿ-ˈtäⁿd(-rə); ˈdə-bəl-än-ˈtänd(-rə)\

Simple Definition of double entendre

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of double entendre

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

  1. 1 :  ambiguity of meaning arising from language that lends itself to more than one interpretation

  2. 2 :  a word or expression capable of two interpretations with one usually risqué

Examples of double entendre in a sentence

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



Origin of double entendre

obsolete French, literally, double meaning


First Known Use: 1673

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