Definition of double meaning in US English:

double meaning


  • A word or phrase that is open to more than one interpretation.

    ‘the title of the movie has a double meaning’
    as modifier ‘a double-meaning punchline’
    • ‘In course of time, cinema has come to feature "double-meaning dialogues", a trend which disturbs her.’
    • ‘Schwab notes that, in Endgame, the double-meaning structure of language breaks down.’
    • ‘When words have double meanings or change in meaning over time, it's no wonder there is such confusion.’
    • ‘It was a naughty suggestion about fast cars and fast women, with a double meaning thrown in about racing over curves and blinding with headlights.’
    • ‘Whether it's weaving in opaque, double-meaning lyrics or sneaking a horn part way deep in the mix, the compositions on Twin Cinema are immediate yet multi-layered.’
    • ‘You need a handbook for guys just to understand the double meaning to everything they say!’
    • ‘The book's subtitle, 'Her Voice in Paradise', has a double meaning.’
    • ‘Please take a moment to re-read the last sentence and fully explore its double-meaning.’
    • ‘While Mrs. Connelly is generally a sweet and proper old lady, she has a few outrageous or double-meaning lines.’
    • ‘He controls his rhetoric to the point that there is absolutely no space for double meanings or misunderstandings.’
    • ‘"I suppose you could read a double meaning into the slogan," said Heineken's marketing manager Deirdre Watters.’
    • ‘Double-meaning lines alone aren't enough to make a film entertaining.’
    • ‘Her friends all heard the double meaning in her words.’
    • ‘He knew without a doubt there was a double meaning to her words.’
    • ‘In times of crisis and press censorship, resistance movements relied on songs or fiction with double meanings to circulate rebel messages.’
    • ‘"Performative" itself carries the double-meaning of "dramatic" and "non-referential."’
    • ‘People might read double meaning into that, the station manager was sternly told.’
    • ‘"You're awake now, Daddy," he says cheerfully in a line heavy with double meaning.’
    • ‘It's quite rude, full of double meanings.’
    • ‘Today that rallying cry of the 1970's Feminist Movement rings with ironic and sometimes disastrous double meaning in the American workplace.’
    pun, wordplay, double entendre, double meaning, innuendo, witticism, quip, quibble
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