[duhb-uh l-hed-er]


  1. two games, as of baseball, between the same teams on the same day in immediate succession.
  2. 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

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; double + head + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for double-header

Historical Examples of double-header

  • It's a double-header, I saw a big squall like that off Savaii once.

    A Son Of The Sun

    Jack London

  • We had on a "double-header" (two engines) to take us over the grade.

    The Road

    Jack London

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for double-header



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for double-header

1869, American English, originally a kind of fireworks or a railway train pulled by two engines; see double (adj.) + head (n.). Baseball sense is c.1890.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper