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double entendre

(ˈdʌbəl ɑːnˈtɑːndrə; -ˈtɑːnd; French dubl ɑ̃tɑ̃drə)
n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a word, phrase, etc, that can be interpreted in two ways, esp one having one meaning that is indelicate
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the type of humour that depends upon such ambiguity
[C17: from obsolete French: double meaning]

dou•ble en•ten•dre

(ˈdʌb əl ɑnˈtɑn drə, -ˈtɑnd; Fr. du blɑ̃ˈtɑ̃ drə)

n., pl. dou•ble en•ten•dres (ˈdʌb əl ɑnˈtɑn drəz, -ˈtɑndz; Fr. du blɑ̃ˈtɑ̃ drə)
1. a word or expression used so that it can be understood in two ways, esp. when one meaning is risqué.
2. a double meaning; ambiguity.
[1665–75; < French (now obsolete); see double, intend]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.double entendre - an ambiguity with one interpretation that is indelicate
ambiguity - an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context

double entendre

noun double meaning, ambiguity, pun, innuendo, play on words He is a master of the double entendre.
Translations
dvojsmysl
kaksimielisyys
doppio senso
duplo sentido

double entendre

[ˈduːblɑ̃ːnˈtɑ̃ːndr] Nequívoco m, frase f ambigua

double entendre

[ˈdʌblɑːnˈtɑːndrə] ndoppio senso
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