Definition of double entendre in English:

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double entendre

Pronunciation: /ˌdo͞obl änˈtändrə/
/ˌdəbl änˈtändrə/

noun (plural double entendres pronounced same)

1A word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué or indecent.
Example sentences
  • The country's funniest entertainers have been warned to keep their double entendres to themselves when they appear at the British Comedy Awards 2003.
  • The naïve values I was raised on - and passed down to my kids, seem less and less relevant in a world of connivance, double dealings, double crossings and double entendres.
  • So - but as far as the material went, no, we couldn't do double entendres, and he did change words once in a while.
ambiguity, double meaning, innuendo, play on words
1.1Humor using double entendres.
Example sentences
  • It is also an extremely funny illustration of the national obsession with word-play, in-jokes and notably filthy double entendre.
  • Where you used to have double entendre and the words had a perfectly ‘innocent’ surface meaning, children can happily sing that.
  • The taxi ride to his place is thick with innuendo and double entendre.


Late 17th century: from obsolete French (now double entente), 'double understanding'.

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Syllabification: dou·ble en·ten·dre

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