equivoque

noun

equi·​voque ˈe-kwə-ˌvōk How to pronounce equivoque (audio) ˈē- How to pronounce equivoque (audio)
variants or less commonly equivoke
1
: an equivocal word or phrase
specifically : pun
2
a
: double meaning
b

Word History

Etymology

French équivoque, from équivoque equivocal, from Late Latin aequivocus

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of equivoque was in 1599

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Cite this Entry

“Equivoque.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equivoque. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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