- two games, as of baseball, between the same teams on the same day in immediate succession.
- two games, as of basketball, between two different pairs of teams on the same day in immediate succession.
- two performances or two events occurring one after the other or within a short time of each other.
- a railroad train pulled by two locomotives.
Origin of doubleheader
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Examples from the Web for double-header
It's a double-header, I saw a big squall like that off Savaii once.A Son Of The Sun
We had on a "double-header" (two engines) to take us over the grade.The Road</p>
The little village of H—— is a sort of double-header, having a centre at each end, so to speak.
The final one was due, and the hostlers were steaming down with the double-header to pull it over the Pass.Held for Orders
Frank H. Spearman
St. Louis did get one game of a double-header, and Joe, whose arm was in perfect trim again, pitched.Baseball Joe in the Big League
- a train drawn by two locomotives coupled together to provide extra power
- Also called: twin bill sport, US and Canadian two games played consecutively by the same teams or by two different teams
- Australian and NZ informal a coin with the impression of a head on each side
- Australian informal a double ice-cream cone
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Word Origin and History for double-header
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