Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An equivocal word or expression.
  • n. A pun.
  • n. A double meaning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Equivocal.
  • n. A play on words, a pun.
  • n. Ambiguity or double meaning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ambiguous term; a word susceptible of different significations.
  • n. An equivocation; a guibble.

Etymologies

French équivoque, from Late Latin aequivocus, ambiguous; see equivocal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin aequivocus ("ambiguous, equivocal"), from Latin aequus ("equal") + vocō ("call"). (Wiktionary)

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