bea·​gle | \ ˈbē-gəl How to pronounce beagle (audio) \

Definition of beagle

: any of a breed of small short-legged smooth-coated often black, white, and tan hounds

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Examples of beagle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An arriving officer located the caller and put the aggressive dog -- a brown beagle -- into the police cruiser. John Benson, cleveland, 8 Feb. 2022 The legislative proposals come after federal officials conducted unannounced inspections this summer of a large beagle-breeding facility in Virginia and found dozens of animal welfare violations. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 Among them: That taxpayer money funded drug experiments involving a few dozen beagle puppies. Andy Meek, BGR, 1 Nov. 2021 This beagle is feeling self-conscious about his tail. Jake Goldwasser, The New Yorker, 9 Feb. 2022 Also in the home is his fiancée, Erica McDowell; daughter, Chloe, 5, and Brewster the beagle. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 28 Jan. 2022 Other outfit choices at the event included a beagle dressed as a chimney sweep and Maltese in a blue ball gown. Kelli Bender,, 7 Dec. 2021 Hobart police, who released the images Tuesday, said the man ignited the flammable liquid and left the cubicle and the store with the puppy, a black-colored French bulldog-beagle. Post-tribune Staff,, 9 Nov. 2021 That more than $1 million in taxpayer funds was spent on drug experiments involving a few dozen beagle puppies. Andy Meek, BGR, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of beagle

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beagle

Middle English begle

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“Beagle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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bea·​gle | \ ˈbē-gəl How to pronounce beagle (audio) \

Kids Definition of beagle

: a small hound with short legs and a smooth coat

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