eagle

noun
ea·​gle | \ ˈē-gəl How to pronounce eagle (audio) \

Definition of eagle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of various large diurnal birds of prey (family Accipitridae) noted for their strength, size, keenness of vision, and powers of flight
2a : the eagle-bearing standard of the ancient Romans
b : one of a pair of eagle-bearing silver insignia of rank worn by a military colonel or a navy captain
3 : a gold coin of the U.S. bearing an eagle on the reverse and usually having a value of ten dollars
4 : a golf score of two strokes less than par on a hole — compare birdie
5 capitalized [Fraternal Order of Eagles] : a member of a major fraternal order

eagle

verb
eagled; eagling\ ˈē-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce eagle (audio) \

Definition of eagle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to score an eagle on (a golf hole)

Examples of eagle in a Sentence

Noun She made an eagle on the fourth hole. She made eagle on the fourth hole. Verb She eagled the fourth hole.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Langer opened with an eagle on the par-5 first hole and added two birdies on his front nine. John Marshall, ajc, 13 Nov. 2021 Rahm pitched close to win the first hole, but Spieth erased Team USA’s deficit with an eagle at the par-5 second. USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2021 Later that night, Neely allegedly sent a picture of off-white china plates with an eagle in the center to the Facebook Messenger group. Washington Post, 28 July 2021 Stevenson pulled even early in the second round, but Sulkar birdied the sixth, eighth and ninth holes, while Janess recorded birdies on the ninth, 10th and 13th holes and an eagle on the 11th to seize control. Matt Le Cren, chicagotribune.com, 29 Oct. 2021 Buckley got to 22 under by making five birdies and an eagle on the last eight holes. The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Aug. 2021 English’s opening 65 included four birdies and an eagle. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2021 But on Saturday Lee6 had a mixed bag of three bogeys, four birdies, and an eagle. BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2021 An image of an eagle in a fireball hovered above the stage, a neon red tunnel appeared and eight towers of flames rose to the sky. Travis Scott, Fox News, 13 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Furyk, 51, teed off first and went on to eagle the par-5 opening hole. Todd Kelly, The Arizona Republic, 14 Nov. 2021 Hewson needed to eagle the last to force a playoff but had to settle for a par and a closing 69. BostonGlobe.com, 13 June 2021 Most players atop the leaderboard could either eagle the 13th and 15th or bogey them, and that kind of swing in the scoreboard can make or break them in the tournament. Star Tribune, 12 Apr. 2021 Playing alongside Phil Mickelson at TPC Summerlin, Na eagled the par-5 13th and 16th holes and added birdies on the par-3 17th and par-4 18th to match Lucas Glover, 2017 winner Patrick Cantlay and Brian Stuard at 12-under 130. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Oct. 2019 Na followed up his first-round 68 by eagling the par-5 13th and 16th holes and adding birdies on the par-3 17th and par-4 18th to match Lucas Glover (63), Patrick Cantlay (64), and Brian Stuard (65) at 12-under 130 at at TPC Summerlin. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Oct. 2019 The passengers hit the floor ass first and lay spread-eagled, staring at the ceiling. Nicola Twilley, Wired, 11 Feb. 2020 The South African eagled the 18th after hitting his second shot to 15 feet, making things interesting for Jones at the end . . BostonGlobe.com, 9 Dec. 2019 Cantlay eagled the par-4 15th, driving the green and holing a 45-footer, in a 64. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of eagle

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eagle

Noun

Middle English egle, from Anglo-French egle, aigle, from Latin aquila

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The first known use of eagle was in the 14th century

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31 Dec 2021

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“Eagle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eagle. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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eagle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of eagle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large bird that has very good eyesight and that kills other birds and animals for food
: a golf score of two strokes less than par on a hole

eagle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of eagle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to score an eagle on (a hole in golf)

eagle

noun
ea·​gle | \ ˈē-gəl How to pronounce eagle (audio) \

Kids Definition of eagle

: a large bird of prey noted for keen sight and powerful flight

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