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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Schulz – who collected words that amused him – was continually experimenting with his cast of characters, and one canary-yellow bird kept emerging as a fun foil to Snoopy, the beagle prone to flights of fancy. Michael Cavna, Twin Cities, "How Charles Schulz finally named that bird Woodstock after the 1969 music festival," 18 Aug. 2019 The Smiths had used the same company to euthanize, cremate and memorialize their 13-year-old beagle Bailey just a month before adopting Dixie., "Couple sues pet cremation company over handling of their dog’s remains," 14 Aug. 2019 In addition to a few slobbery kisses, the bride and groom—beagles Marge and Rogers—exchanged collars. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: Hurricane Florence Rescue Pup with Cancer Checks Marrying His Best Friend off Bucket List," 13 June 2019 But the dogs are sweet, gentle beagles through and through. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "China’s CRISPR push in animals promises better meat, novel therapies, and pig organs for people," 31 July 2019 Corgis, beagles, Malteses, dachshunds, retrievers and dozens of other breeds roamed with their owners among the vendor stalls, a plot of pop-up tents that sprung up minutes before the event. Melissa Chen, The Mercury News, "Northside’s ‘Barkesto’ brings together neighbors with food, art and music," 19 June 2019 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 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 Sarah Gish The dog spa — which features bathtubs for large and small pups — has a schnauzer and beagle outlined on the wall. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Saltwater pool, gym, dog spa: Tour downtown KC's new Crossroads Westside Apartments," 27 June 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


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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