double entendre

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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]
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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
References in classic literature ?
But those who have their wives and children in common will not say so, but all will say so, though not as individuals; therefore, to use the word all is evidently a fallacious mode of speech; for this word is sometimes used distributively, and sometimes collectively, on account of its double meaning, and is the cause of inconclusive syllogisms in reasoning.
she said, smiling all the time, as if everything she said and everything the others said was very amusing and had a double meaning.
Mazarin pretended not to understand the double meaning of his own sentence, but continued to compassionate the fate of Concino Concini.
my Lady proceeded, being far too stupid to see the double meaning of her words.
And her mother looked up quickly, as if the words suggested a double meaning.
That simple dancing of well-covered matrons, laying aside for an hour the cares of house and dairy, remembering but not affecting youth, not jealous but proud of the young maidens by their side--that holiday sprightliness of portly husbands paying little compliments to their wives, as if their courting days were come again--those lads and lasses a little confused and awkward with their partners, having nothing to say--it would be a pleasant variety to see all that sometimes, instead of low dresses and large skirts, and scanning glances exploring costumes, and languid men in lacquered boots smiling with double meaning.
Huntingdon,' said Hargrave, as he arranged the men on the board, speaking distinctly, and with a peculiar emphasis, as if he had a double meaning to all his words, 'you are a good player, but I am a better: we shall have a long game, and you will give me some trouble; but I can be as patient as you, and in the end I shall certainly win.
I had shuddered to see Raffles admiring the gewgaws in his turn, in his own brazen fashion, with that air of the cool connoisseur which had its double meaning for me.
But, unhappily for the wife, that saying has a double meaning.
But the highest minds of the world have never ceased to explore the double meaning, or shall I say the quadruple or the centuple or much more manifold meaning, of every sensuous fact; Orpheus, Empedocles, Heraclitus, Plato, Plutarch, Dante, Swedenborg, and the masters of sculpture, picture, and poetry.
Khalemoyed being the thing beyn regel le-regel (between festivals) but regel having the double meaning of "leg.
Mubarakan', which thrives on pure clean comedy without any double meaning jokes or inappropriate scenes, stands out with its clean humour in the age of slapstick and adult comedies.