General English


  • adjective twice as large or two times the size
  • verb to become twice as big, or make something twice as big


  • noun in English first-class cricket, the feat of taking 100 wickets and scoring 1000 runs in a single season
  • noun any notable all-round achievement by an individual player taking a specified round number of wickets and scoring a specified round number of runs, the number of runs typically being a tenfold multiple of the number of wickets
    Citation ‘When 64, Imran had the satisfaction of becoming the fifth player to complete the double of 2000 runs and 200 wickets in Tests’ (WCM February 1984)
    Citation ‘Betty Wilson … was the first Test cricketer, male or female, to complete the match double of 100 runs and 10 wickets in a Test match. (Alan Davidson achieved this double two years later in the historic tied Test at Brisbane.)’ (Cashman &Weaver 1991)


  • Consisting of two, or divided into two, not necessarily equal components or parts.
  • Twice in number or magnitude.


Media Studies

  • noun a substitute who resembles a film actor and takes their place, e.g. in scenes that involve danger, special skill or nudity


  • noun a traditional British paper size made when the short side of a sheet is doubled


  • noun success in two events or competitions in the same year or series or against the same opponent
  • noun a stroke that makes the ball rebound against a cushion and land in the opposite pocket
  • noun a hit that enables a batter to reach second base

Origin & History of “double”

Double comes via Old French doble or duble from Latin duplus (direct source of English duple (16th c.)). this was a compound adjective formed from duo ‘two’ and an Indo-European element *pl- which denoted ‘folding’ (it is present also in English fold and ply). The same semantic elements went to make up English twofold, and indeed duplex (see (duplicate)), and also Greek diplous (source of English diploma and diplomat). The underlying meaning of doublet ‘close-fitting jacket’ (14th c.) (borrowed from French doublet, a derivative of double) is ‘something folded’, while doubloon (17th c.), borrowed via French doublon from Spanish doblón (a derivative of doble ‘double’) was originally a gold coin worth ‘double’ a pistole.