Double-entendre meaning

dŭbəl-än-tändrə, do͝o-bläɴ-täɴdrə
The definition of a double entendre is a word that can have two meanings, usually with one being risqué.

An example of a double entendre is the word "hold" in the pick-up line, "If I compliment your body, will you hold it against me?"

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A word or phrase having a double meaning, especially when the second meaning is risqué.
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The use of such a word or phrase; ambiguity.
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A term with two meanings, esp. when one of them has a risqué or indecorous connotation.
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The use of such a term or terms; ambiguity.
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Alternative spelling of double entendre.
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(idiomatic) A phrase that has two meanings, especially where one is innocent and literal, the other risqué, bawdy, or ironic; an innuendo.
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(nonstandard) Plural form of double entendre.
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Origin of double-entendre

  • Obsolete French double double entendre to mean, interpretation

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French double (“double”) + entendre (“to mean, to understand”).

    From Wiktionary