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double entendre


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[doo-blahn-tahndr]

A French phrase for ‘double meaning’, adopted in English to denote a pun in which a word or phrase has a second, usually sexual, meaning, as in Elizabethan uses of the verb ‘die’ referring both to death and to orgasm. Modern French usage prefers the form double entente. See also ambiguity, equivoque.

Subjects: Literature.


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