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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The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader in Detroit on Apr. 20. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals' series finale at Detroit postponed because of weather," 4 Apr. 2018 While the Tigers can play doubleheaders, the Grand Prix is at the mercy of Mother Nature for each race weekend. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Five things to know about the Detroit Grand Prix," 31 May 2018 In those days the teams would play a doubleheader on Sunday and then have Monday off. Ed Barkowitz,, "Dick Fowler's 1945 no-hitter: the readers respond," 28 May 2018 The opening game of the series will be held Friday at 6 p.m. (CT), while the teams are slated to play a doubleheader Saturday at 2 p.m. Admission will be free for all three games of the series. Samford Athletics,, "Samford baseball to host SIUE this weekend in non-conference showdown," 26 Apr. 2018 For a doubleheader, St. Martin is just a 20-minute boat ride away, and home to the ultra-luxurious Belmond La Samanna. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 The last night game at Wrigley was the 2-1, 10-inning win over the Dodgers in the second game of a day-night doubleheader on June 19. Paul Sullivan,, "Cubs schedule quirk sets up enjoyable month of day baseball at Wrigley Field," 3 July 2018 A day after hitting leadoff homers in both games of a doubleheader against Miami, Acuna connected. George Henry, The Seattle Times, "Braves’ Acuna homers in 5th straight; 3 leadoff shots in row," 14 Aug. 2018 Carr's near no-no came in the first game of a doubleheader. Creg Stephenson,, "South Alabama's Tyler Carr narrowly misses no-hitter vs. Texas State," 20 Apr. 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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