double+entendre

  • 1 double entendre — also double entendre, 1670s, from French (where it was rare and is now obsolete), lit. 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… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 2 Double-entendre — Dou ble en*ten dre, n. [F. double double + entendre to mean. This is a barbarous compound of French words. The true French equivalent is double entente.] A word or expression admitting of a double interpretation, one of which is often obscure or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 double-entendre — [dub΄əl än tän′ drə; do͞o΄blôn tôn′drə] n. 〚Fr (now obs.), double meaning〛 1. a term with two meanings, esp. when one of them has a risqué or indecorous connotation 2. the use of such a term or terms; ambiguity * * * dou·ble en·ten·dre (dŭb əl än …

    Universalium

  • 4 double entendre — ► NOUN (pl. double entendres pronunc. same) ▪ a word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually indecent. ORIGIN from obsolete French, double understanding …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 double entendre — means ‘a word or phrase open to two interpretations, one usually risqué or indelicate’. The equivalent term in French is double entente, which is also occasionally used in the same sense in English …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 double entendre — [n] play on words ambiguity, amphibiology, double meaning, equivocality, equivocation, equivoque, innuendo, joke, pun, tergiversation; concepts 278,682 …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 double-entendre — [dub΄əl än tän′ drə; do͞o΄blôn tôn′drə] n. [Fr (now obs.), double meaning] 1. a term with two meanings, esp. when one of them has a risqué or indecorous connotation 2. the use of such a term or terms; ambiguity …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 double entendre — equivocation, *ambiguity, tergiversation …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 Double entendre — An 1814 engraving of a double entendre. He: My sweet honey, I hope you are to be let with the Lodgins! She: No, sir, I am to be let alone. A double entendre (French pronunciation: [dublɑ̃tɑ̃dʁə]) or adianoeta[1] is a figure of speech in …

    Wikipedia

  • 10 double entendre — [[t]du͟ːb(ə)l ɒntɒ̱ndrə[/t]] double entendres N VAR A double entendre is a word or phrase that has two meanings, one of which is rude and often sexual. He is a master of the pun and the double entendre... He has a fondness for outrageous double… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 double entendre — UK [ˌduːb(ə)l ɒnˈtɒndrə] / US [ˌdub(ə)l ɑnˈtɑndrə] noun [countable] Word forms double entendre : singular double entendre plural double entendres a word or phrase that you use deliberately, knowing that it has two meanings, one of which is rude… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 double entendre — noun /dubl ɑ̃tɑ̃ːdɹ,dʌb.əl ɒnˈtɒndɹə/ A phrase that has two meanings, especially where one is innocent and literal, the other risqué, bawdy, or ironic; an innuendo …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 double entendre — [ˌdu:b(ə)l ɒdouble entendre tɒdouble entendredr(ə)] noun (plural double entendres pronunciation same) a word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually indecent. Origin C17: from obs. Fr. (now double entente), double… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 14 double entendre n — A lady walks into a bar and asks the barman for a double entendre, so the the barman gives her one …

    English expressions

  • 15 double entendre — double en|ten|dre [ˌdu:blɔnˈtɔndrə US bla:nˈta:n ] n [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: double understanding (1600 1700)] a word or phrase that may be understood in two different ways, one of which is often sexual …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 double entendre — /dub euhl ahn tahn dreuh, tahnd /; Fr. /dooh blahonn tahonn drddeu/, pl. double entendres /dub euhl ahn tahn dreuhz, tahndz /; Fr. /dooh blahonn tahonn drddeu/. 1. a double meaning. 2. a word or expression used in a given context so that it can… …

    Universalium

  • 17 double entendre — noun (plural double entendres) Etymology: obsolete French, literally, double meaning Date: 1673 1. ambiguity of meaning arising from language that lends itself to more than one interpretation 2. a word or expression capable of two interpretations …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 double entendre — Synonyms and related words: ambiguity, ambiguousness, amphibology, belly laugh, blue story, complexity of meaning, counterword, dirty joke, dirty story, double meaning, double reference, equivocacy, equivocal, equivocality, equivocalness,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 double-entendre — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. double meaning, ambiguity, pun; see double meaning , joke 2 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun An expression or term liable to more than one interpretation: ambiguity, equivocality, equivocation, equivoque, tergiversation.… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 double entendre — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) n. [DUB ul on TON druh] a word or statement having two meanings, a risque ambiguity. The comedian couldn t be as frank as he wanted, so he used a lot of double entendres. SYN.: ambiguity, double… …

    English dictionary for students