Nearby words

  1. douai,
  2. douala,
  3. douane,
  4. douanier,
  5. douay bible,
  6. double achievement,
  7. double agent,
  8. double altar,
  9. double ax,
  10. double back


Origin of double

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin duplus, equivalent to du(o) two + -plus -fold

Related formsdou·ble·ness, noundou·bler, nounqua·si-dou·ble, adjectivequa·si-dou·b·ly, adverb

body double


a person whose body is shown in a movie or TV show in substitution for a leading actor, especially in a nude scene.

Origin of body double


Also called double. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for double

Derived Formsdoubleness, noundoubler, noun

Word Origin for double

C13: from Old French, from Latin duplus twofold, from duo two + -plus -fold

body double


films a person who substitutes for a star for the filming of a scene that involves shots of the body rather than the face
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Word Origin and History for double
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Idioms and Phrases with double


In addition to the idioms beginning with double

  • double back
  • double bill
  • double cross
  • double date
  • double Dutch
  • double duty
  • double feature
  • double in brass
  • double life
  • double standard
  • double take, do a
  • double talk
  • double up

also see:

  • lead a double life
  • on the double
  • see double
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