dou·​ble·​head·​er ˌdə-bəl-ˈhe-dər How to pronounce doubleheader (audio)
: a train pulled by two locomotives
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Atlantic City Shootout was a doubleheader that aired on ESPN2 with Penn State defeating Penn 88-61 and La Salle upsetting Marquette 68-65. Tim Casey, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 The 81st edition of the awards show will air Jan. 7 on the broadcast network immediately after an NFL on CBS doubleheader. Joe Otterson, Variety, 20 Nov. 2023 But while pitching in that August doubleheader against the Reds, Ohtani left the mound while still facing a batter. Bruce Schoenfeld, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2023 In turn, the Red Sox snatched Game 1 of Thursday’s split doubleheader with the Yankees — largely because of Houck. Julian McWilliams,, 14 Sep. 2023 Week 2 also will feature the first of four side-by-side ABC-ESPN Monday night doubleheaders this season (the others will take place in Week 3, Week 14 and Week 18). USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2023 Dodgers Dodgers struggle against Chase Anderson in rare loss to Rockies in Game 1 of doubleheader Sept. 26, 2023 In the first game, the lone blip came at the start, when opener Caleb Ferguson surrendered three quick runs while collecting only two outs. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2023 In Denver, San Francisco pitchers walked seven, matching their second-most this season, and the Colorado Rockies overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Giants, 9-5, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader, fallilng further behind in the chase for the final NL wild berth. Associated Press,, 16 Sep. 2023 Hence what will go down as one of the most inventive opening-night doubleheaders in TIFF history. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of doubleheader was in 1878

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“Doubleheader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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dou·​ble·​head·​er ˌdəb-əl-ˈhed-ər How to pronounce doubleheader (audio)
: two games played one after the other on the same day
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