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 The female beagle is old and had long nails, police said. Christine Dempsey,, "Search continues for person who abandoned sick beagle in Hamden," 26 Feb. 2021 The Snoopy Show understands that Snoopy isn’t a mere cartoon beagle or the pet of famous perpetual failure Charlie Brown. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "The Beagle Remains a Blessing," 6 Feb. 2021 Darwin was also a good friend — a sassy, independent beagle, occasional growler and regular howler who loved road trips second only to eating. Washington Post, "John Steinbeck’s classic travelogue showcases man’s best road trip buddy," 31 Dec. 2020 Hammy, a trauma survivor who is a more bashful and tentative beagle than his predecessor, has become an equally enthusiastic traveler. Washington Post, "John Steinbeck’s classic travelogue showcases man’s best road trip buddy," 31 Dec. 2020 In February, the Bravo host and executive producer Andy Cohen sent his beagle, Wacha, to live with his animal trainer in Connecticut. New York Times, "Andy Cohen Had a Year," 30 Dec. 2020 In a corner of the shop, archaeologists found the bones of a small dog, about the size of a modern beagle. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists excavate ancient Roman takeout counter at Pompeii," 28 Dec. 2020 For example, the surrogate mother for Kaufman’s chihuahuas was a beagle. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clone Your Dog," 21 Dec. 2020 But the beagle was affectionate and the kids loved to walk him around the neighborhood. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "In Tight Housing Market, Sales Come With Surprising Conditions, Including Skeletons," 23 Oct. 2020

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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 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beagle

: a type of small dog used for hunting that has smooth black, brown, and white fur


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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