follow Dictionary.com

Your favorite word could be our Word of the Day!

double entendre

[duhb-uh l ahn-tahn-druh, -tahnd; French doo-blahn-tahn-druh] /ˈdʌb əl ɑnˈtɑn drə, -ˈtɑnd; French du blɑ̃ˈtɑ̃ drə/
noun, plural double entendres
[duhb-uh l ahn-tahn-druh z, -tahndz; French doo-blahn-tahn-druh] /ˈdʌb əl ɑnˈtɑn drəz, -ˈtɑndz; French du blɑ̃ˈtɑ̃ drə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a double meaning.
2.
a word or expression used in a given context so that it can be understood in two ways, especially when one meaning is risqué.
Origin
obsolete French
1665-1675
1665-75; < obsolete French; see double, intend
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for double-entendre

double entendre

/ˈdʌbəl ɑːnˈtɑːndrə; -ˈtɑːnd; French dubl ɑ̃tɑ̃drə/
noun
1.
a word, phrase, etc, that can be interpreted in two ways, esp one having one meaning that is indelicate
2.
the type of humour that depends upon such ambiguity
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete French: double meaning
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for double-entendre

double entendre

also double-entendre, 1670s, from French (where it was rare and is now obsolete), literally "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 become established in English in its old form.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
double-entendre in Culture
double-entendre [(dub-uhl-ahn-tahn-druh; dooh-blahnn-tahnn-druh)]

A word or expression that has two different meanings (in French, double-entendre means “double meaning”), one of which is often bawdy or indelicate. A double-entendre is found in this sentence: “A nudist camp is simply a place where men and women meet to air their differences.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for double entendre

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for double

9
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with double-entendre