dou·ble en·ten·dre
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [duhb-uh l ahn-tahn-druh, -tahnd; French doo-blahn-tahn-druh]
    • /ˈdʌb əl ɑnˈtɑn drə, -ˈtɑnd; French du blɑ̃ˈtɑ̃ drə/
    • /ˈdʌb.l̩ anˈtɑːn.drə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [duhb-uh l ahn-tahn-druh, -tahnd; French doo-blahn-tahn-druh]
    • /ˈdʌb əl ɑnˈtɑn drə, -ˈtɑnd; French du blɑ̃ˈtɑ̃ drə/

Definitions of double-entendre word

  • noun plural double-entendre a double meaning. 1
  • noun plural double-entendre a word or expression used in a given context so that it can be understood in two ways, especially when one meaning is risqué. 1
  • noun double-entendre Alternative spelling of double entendre. 0

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Origin of double-entendre

First appearance:

before 1665
One of the 47% oldest English words
From obsolete French, dating back to 1665-75; See origin at double, intend

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Parts of speech for Double-entendre


double-entendre popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 5% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

Synonyms for double-entendre

noun double-entendre

  • innuendo — an indirect intimation about a person or thing, especially of a disparaging or a derogatory nature.
  • pun — the humorous use of a word or phrase so as to emphasize or suggest its different meanings or applications, or the use of words that are alike or nearly alike in sound but different in meaning; a play on words.
  • ambiguity — If you say that there is ambiguity in something, you mean that it is unclear or confusing, or it can be understood in more than one way.
  • joke — something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement, as a witticism, a short and amusing anecdote, or a prankish act: He tells very funny jokes. She played a joke on him.
  • tergiversation — to change repeatedly one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate.

Antonyms for double-entendre

noun double-entendre

  • clarity — The clarity of something such as a book or argument is its quality of being well explained and easy to understand.
  • clearness — free from darkness, obscurity, or cloudiness; light: a clear day.
  • lucidity — the quality of being easily understood, completely intelligible, or comprehensible: She makes her argument with pointed logic and exemplary lucidity.
  • certainty — Certainty is the state of being definite or of having no doubts at all about something.
  • definiteness — clearly defined or determined; not vague or general; fixed; precise; exact: a definite quantity; definite directions.

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