dou·​ble-bar·​reled ˌdə-bəl-ˈber-əld How to pronounce double-barreled (audio)
of a firearm : having two barrels mounted side by side or one beneath the other
: twofold
especially : having a double purpose
asked a double-barreled question

Examples of double-barreled in a Sentence

the double-barreled goal of the company is to do well in the marketplace and to do good in the community
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Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of double-barreled was in 1709

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“Double-barreled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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