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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Recent Examples on the Web That rabbit on the field edge was the beagle’s 41st chase of the season, and most of these hunters have been on the majority of those runs. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Hunting Winter Rabbits Behind Bailey, the Almost-Famous Pot-Bellied Beagle," 10 Dec. 2019 His grandfather was an outdoorsman who raised beagle hounds, ran rabbits on horseback, hunted mushrooms and fished., "Fighting pollution and apathy on the Lower Ohio, it’s not easy being a Southern Indiana Waterkeeper," 6 Jan. 2020 Here are some tips for taking care of your canine friend when the mercury plummets: Wear lots of clothes, including shoes Short-haired dogs such as chihuahuas, beagles and greyhounds don’t have much natural protection from the elements. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "If it's cold for you, it's cold for them: Here's how to keep dogs safe in frigid weather," 24 Dec. 2019 Yvonne Petty remembers how pitiful Murray looked when her volunteer group, Alcovy Pet Rescue, found the beagle in a kill shelter in north Georgia. Michelle Boudin,, "Formerly Abused Rescue Dog Now the Star of Homeland Security's 'Beagle Brigade'," 5 Sep. 2019 Chuck, a beagle from Wauwatosa, and an Alaskan malamute and a great Pyrenees from Waukesha County. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha County woman manages award-winning dogs in dog shows," 3 Dec. 2019 Pop sits on a hay bale with his autoharp, flanked by his kids, including daughters Roni on banjo and Donna on mandolin; the family beagle is at Donna’s feet. Eddie Dean, Washington Post, "Ken Burns’s ‘Country Music’ shines a spotlight on an unsung Washingtonian," 5 Nov. 2019 Dogs on the brain For the study, Hecht and colleagues recruited 62 individual pet dogs in American homes, including breeds such as beagles, Yorkshire terriers, Doberman pinschers, boxers, and more. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Centuries of breeding have reshaped dog brains—here’s how," 2 Sep. 2019 Among them: Cover them up: Dogs with thicker coats have higher tolerance to cold weather, but short-haired breeds such as chihuahuas, beagles and greyhounds don’t have much natural shield from the elements. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather," 12 Nov. 2019

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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 22 Feb. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of beagle

: a small hound with short legs and a smooth coat

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