bea·gle | \ˈbē-gəl \

Definition of beagle 

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

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The super-cute pups are up for adoption thanks the organizations Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA), who saved the beagles from a laboratory in southern India. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "More Than 150 Beagles Saved From Animal Testing Are Up for Adoption," 20 May 2016 The beagle's owner was uninjured, the TV station reported. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Violent confrontation between pit bull and beagle takes a deadly turn at PetSmart," 6 July 2018 The day’s dancers and observers also got to meet another special guest, Babbs, a beagle-Jack Russell terrier mix in search of her forever home, who was accompanied by Lissette Rojo from the Burbank Animal Shelter. David Laurell,, "On the Town: Dance event welcomes year’s longest day," 26 June 2018 The question hung in the cold air, punctuated by the sound of a snoring beagle. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, miamiherald, "Camping without the hassle: New service rents you all the gear you need, plus the car | Miami Herald," 26 May 2018 Her beagle, named Guy, has been living a charmed life in the U.K. for several months now, while the other is staying with close friends of hers back stateside. Maura Hohman,, "Harry Was Right! The Queen’s Corgis Aren’t the Only Dogs Who’ve Fallen in Love with Meghan Markle," 11 July 2018 Darn dog regained consciousness and grabbed her biscuit again before the beagle could get it, then immediately passed out in my lap., "Letters: Here's an easy way to make a San Diego bike trip even easier," 1 July 2018 Our beagle, Jasmine, must have gotten out without us knowing, and she was hit on Aloma Avenue. Lauren Ritchie,, "Dog lovers emerge to support owners who border collie was hit and left by the road," 7 June 2018 Read more: Harry and Meghan beam at first post-wedding appearance Guy's one of 1,600 beagles who Doherty has connected with new owners. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Meet Guy, Meghan Markle's royal beagle puppy from Kentucky," 22 May 2018

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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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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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