dou·​ble·​head·​er | \ ˌdə-bəl-ˈhe-dər How to pronounce doubleheader (audio) \

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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Bruce Pearl’s team will participate in the 2019 Veterans Classic in Annapolis, Md., and face Davidson out of the Atlantic 10 in the first game of a doubleheader on CBS Sports Network, the program announced Friday. Tom Green |,, "Auburn to face Davidson in 2019 Veterans Classic," 28 June 2019 Big picture, what the heck does Wednesday night’s Gold Cup doubleheader at Broncos Stadium at Mile High actually mean for Denver’s hopes of hosting a World Cup site in 2026? Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "CONCACAF official: If Denver works for the Gold Cup, “I don’t see why it wouldn’t work for the World Cup” in 2026," 19 June 2019 Monday's game has been rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Nationals ace Max Scherzer breaks nose with bunt in pregame batting practice," 14 June 2019 It’ll be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on May 27. Joe Kay, The Seattle Times, "Pirates at Reds game postponed because of rain," 30 Mar. 2019 Right-hander Paul Blackburn, recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas as a special 26th man allowed by Major League Baseball for doubleheaders, dug Oakland into a 5-0 hole through only three innings. Jeff Miller, The Mercury News, "A’s pitchers roughed up in loss to Rangers," 8 June 2019 The matchups this time in the doubleheader Tuesday night on TNT feature the Celtics hosting Philadelphia, and the Warriors welcoming Oklahoma City. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "As NBA season opens, is it Warriors-Celtics when it ends?," 15 Oct. 2018 Melvin said that Pinder will start one game of the doubleheader and there are more left-handed starters coming up. Susan Slusser,, "A’s offense buzzing in 7-4 win at Anaheim," 6 June 2019 Chivas has played in San Diego several times, going back to a friendly against Chilean club Universidad Catolica as part of a doubleheader with the 1999 MLS All-Star Game at Qualcomm Stadium. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chivas and Argentina’s River Plate to play in San Diego this summer," 5 June 2019

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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

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


dou·​ble·​head·​er | \ ˌdə-bəl-ˈhe-dər How to pronounce doubleheader (audio) \

Kids Definition of doubleheader

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

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