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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Harry and Markle now have two dogs, the first being a rescue beagle named Guy. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Have Welcomed a New Dog Into Their Royal Family," 27 Aug. 2018 The couple already has one dog, Meghan's rescue beagle Guy, who traveled to the UK before the royal wedding. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reportedly Just Got a Dog!," 26 Aug. 2018 Meghan Markle’s rescue beagle Guy, who was recently spotted sitting alongside dog-loving Queen Elizabeth in a car, has his own fairy tale story. Kelli Bender,, "Palace Life and Car Rides with the Queen — Meghan Markle's Rescue Dog Is Living His Own Fairy Tale," 24 May 2018 The royal beagle is originally from Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky — about 35 miles east of Lexington. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Meet Guy, Meghan Markle's royal beagle puppy from Kentucky," 22 May 2018 In the video, Myron slobbers on Ari's stoic face before getting playful with another of her beloved pets, the beagle-chihuahua mix Toulouse. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande May Have Adopted Mac Miller's Dog Myron," 25 Sep. 2018 Joining them is Markle’s rescue beagle, Guy, and a new black lab puppy that’s said to be named Oz. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Doing Married Life in London," 14 Sep. 2018 Indeed, these plant lovers have the same emotional connection to flora that the Young and the Houseless used to have to fauna like beagles, Siamese cats, budgerigars and, in certain highly unusual cases, Rottweilers. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "The Dark Secrets of America’s Millennial Plant Lovers," 26 July 2018 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

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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


bea·​gle | \ˈbē-gəl \

Kids Definition of beagle

: a small hound with short legs and a smooth coat

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