Definition of double entendre in English:

double entendre

Line breaks: double en¦ten|dre
Pronunciation: /ˌduːb(ə)l ɒ̃ˈtɒ̃dr(ə)

noun (plural double entendres pronunc. same)

  • 1A word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué or indecent: he was unable to get through two consecutive sentences without a smutty double entendre
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    • 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, suggested meaning, suggestiveness, innuendo, play on words, wordplay, pun
  • 1.1 [mass noun] Humour that uses double entendres.
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    • 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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