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[duhb-uh l-dek-er] /ˈdʌb əlˈdɛk ər/
something with two decks, tiers, or the like, as two beds one above the other, a ship with two decks above the water line, or a bus with two decks.
a food item consisting of two main layers, as a sandwich made with three slices of bread and two layers of filling.
Origin of double-decker
1825-35, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for double-decker
  • It was packed, and although it was one of the new double-decker trains, the air-conditioning didn't seem to be working properly.
  • The site is a long, bush-covered set of crags the size of four double-decker buses.
  • She especially enjoyed a double-decker carousel painted in yellow, pink, and mint green.
  • Some are extravagant spouters that eject boiling water higher than a double-decker bus.
  • The flagstones are sticky with filth, and the red double-decker racetrack mere inches away.
  • The trams are tall, narrow, double-decker streetcars.
  • Actually, they're in two buses-- a double-decker and a converted school bus.
  • Tour buses run the gamut, from minibuses to vintage-inspired trolley vehicles and include double-decker and open-air minibuses.
  • The tour spans three entire days aboard a double-decker sightseeing bus, with hop-on-and-off privileges.
  • The buses are both double-decker and open-air to facilitate picture taking.
British Dictionary definitions for double-decker


(mainly Brit) a bus with two passenger decks
  1. a thing or structure having two decks, layers, etc
  2. (as modifier): a double-decker sandwich
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Word Origin and History for double-decker

1835 of ships, 1867 of street vehicles; from double (adj.) + deck (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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