dou·ble·head·er | \ˌdə-bəl-ˈhe-dər \

Definition of doubleheader 

1 : a train pulled by two locomotives

2 : two games, contests, or events held consecutively on the same program

Examples of doubleheader in a Sentence

The two teams will meet in a doubleheader this Saturday.

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Citizens Business Bank Arena is one 10 venues around the country that will host games, with each night of competition consisting of a doubleheader. Dylan Hernandez,, "Beyond hype, hope for young players in LaVar Ball's basketball league," 22 June 2018 This game is the second half of a doubleheader at Lucas Oil and begins at 8:30 p.m. (the first game is Noblesville vs. Cathedral). Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Blink and high school football season will be here. These are the top Week 1 Indy-area games," 20 June 2018 The latest displays came after getting smoked in the first game of a doubleheader against the Yankees; facing a three-game sweep in Boston; and beating the Indians in an extra-innings game on Saturday. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers observations: Victor Martinez isn't hitting cleanup anymore," 11 June 2018 Oaks made his major-league debut with the Royals on April 28 in the first game of a doubleheader against the White Sox. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Royals make pitching moves: Blaine Boyer to DL, Trevor Oaks recalled from Omaha," 30 May 2018 It will be made up as part of a doubleheader July 31 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Yard Goats open a four-game series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels at Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford at 7 p.m. Monday. Hartford Courant,, "Jamar Walton Leads Bees Past Road Warriors," 24 June 2018 Just the previous weekend, Sowders was between games of a doubleheader with the Future Stars when the call came. Scott Springer,, "Midland Redskins pitch in to help Harrison coach Shawn Sowders," 22 June 2018 Buy Photo Trevor Plouffe drove in four runs to lead the IronPigs past Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and the Fightin Phils swept a doubleheader. Nick Tricome,, "Phillies minor league report: Reading sweeps doubleheader against Portland," 20 June 2018 Memorial was set to sweep the doubleheader with identical 4-2 scores, but the defense collapsed in the final inning and the game’s time limit expired. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial ties Texas City in nightcap of twinbill," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of doubleheader

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of doubleheader

: two games (especially baseball games) that are played one after the other on the same day


dou·ble·head·er | \ˌdə-bəl-ˈhe-dər \

Kids Definition of doubleheader

: two games played one right after the other on the same day

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