bea·​gle ˈbē-gəl How to pronounce beagle (audio)
: 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 Chapman looked down at the family’s beagle mix, Obi-Wan Kenobi, who was drinking rainwater out of a plastic bucket. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 There are tons of small dog Halloween costumes on sale from Amazon, so your pomeranian, pug, beagle, or other little pet can get in on the fun. Mia Huelsbeck, Peoplemag, 2 Oct. 2023 Handlers use various breeds that have been successful in locating people in the past, such as beagles, Labradors and golden retrievers. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 Priceless Pets, a rescue in Chino Hills, got word that a pharmaceutical testing facility near Dallas was done with the 45 beagles in its lab. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2023 Hard at work is Merla, a 4-year-old beagle partnered with her handler who works throughout the terminals. Alexandra Skores, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2023 The beagle had been bitten by a copperhead snake, and Prigmore decided to take her to a vet to get the bite checked out. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 3 Oct. 2023 The team applied patches, loaded with a diabetes tablet called desmopressin, to the mouths of three beagles. Popular Science, 27 Sep. 2023 The beagle was ultimately surrendered to East Haven Animal Control. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 29 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English begle

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beagle was in the 15th century

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“Beagle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


bea·​gle ˈbē-gəl How to pronounce beagle (audio)
: any of a breed of small hounds with short legs and smooth coats

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