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Definition of "equivoque" [eq•ui•voque]

  • An equivocal word or expression. (noun)
  • A pun. (noun)
  • A double meaning. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "equivoque" in a sentence
  • "How many times, after an equivoque, after the specious and treacherous reasoning of egotism, had he heard his irritated conscience cry in his ear: “A trip! you wretch!”"
  • "It almost always turns upon false relations and equivoque, whence jokers by profession usually possess minds as incorrect as they are superficial."
  • "Such was the very philosophical address of Mr. Robert Bolton, a shorthand – writer, as he termed himself — a bit of equivoque passing current among his fraternity, which must give the uninitiated a vast idea of the establishment of the ministerial organ, while to the initiated it signifies that no one paper can lay claim to the enjoyment of their services."