double-decker [duhb-uh l-dek-er] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. something with two decks, tiers, or the like, as two beds one above the other, a ship with two decks above the water line, or a bus with two decks.
  2. a food item consisting of two main layers, as a sandwich made with three slices of bread and two layers of filling.

Origin of double-decker An Americanism dating back to 1825–35 Examples from the Web for double-decker Contemporary Examples of double-decker

  • Listen: If you got off a double-decker bus to come to New York, who would you rather see waiting for you?

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  • You’d been drunk for hours, but you dove off a double-decker lake boat and came up gracefully for air.

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  • Because of low clearances in two locations, double-decker freight containers cannot travel along that corridor.

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  • Historical Examples of double-decker

  • This river-craft was a double-decker, propelled by oars from the lower deck.

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    Augustus Hopkins Strong

  • The double-decker is doomed, and the twenty-five-foot lot has had its day.

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  • The cars were originally imported from Birmingham, of the double-decker type.

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  • Enormous indeed it must be, if we can imagine a double-decker a mile long!


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  • There were twenty-three other families in this “double-decker.”

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  • British Dictionary definitions for double-decker double-decker noun

    1. mainly British a bus with two passenger decks
    2. informal
      1. a thing or structure having two decks, layers, etc
      2. (as modifier)a double-decker sandwich

    Word Origin and History for double-decker n.

    1835 of ships, 1867 of street vehicles; from double (adj.) + deck (n.).

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