Meaning of “double entendre” in the English Dictionary


"double entendre" in English

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double entendrenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌduː.bəl ɑːnˈtɑːn.drə/ us /ˌduː.bəl ɑːnˈtɑːn.drə/

Examples from literature

  • And wasn't what he had just said very like what the French call a double entendre? 
  • It was impossible to think of telling her a nasty story, a "double entendre" fell flat when she was there. 
  • The Normans failed to see the " double entendre " of this reply. 
  • The engineer burst into a laugh, which sounded very hollow there, and then we noticed the double entendre, and mutual explanations ensued. 

(Definition of “double entendre” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)