Entendre



[duhb-uh l ahn-tahn-druh, -tahnd; French doo-blahn-tahn-druh] /ˈdʌb əl ɑnˈtɑn drə, -ˈtɑnd; French du blɑ̃ˈtɑ̃ drə/

noun, plural double entendres
[duhb-uh l ahn-tahn-druh z, -tahndz; French doo-blahn-tahn-druh] /ˈdʌb əl ɑnˈtɑn drəz, -ˈtɑndz; French du blɑ̃ˈtɑ̃ drə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a double meaning.
2.
a word or expression used in a given context so that it can be understood in two ways, especially when one meaning is risqué.
/ˈdʌbəl ɑːnˈtɑːndrə; -ˈtɑːnd; French dubl ɑ̃tɑ̃drə/
noun
1.
a word, phrase, etc, that can be interpreted in two ways, esp one having one meaning that is indelicate
2.
the type of humour that depends upon such ambiguity

also double-entendre, 1670s, from French (where it was rare and is now obsolete), literally “a twofold meaning,” from entendre (now entente) “to hear, to understand, to mean.” The proper Modern French phrase would be double entente, but the phrase has become established in English in its old form.

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