eagle

noun
ea·​gle | \ˈē-gəl \

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 \

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

In a scintillating four-hole stretch, McIlroy made four birdies and lost ground to Reed, who threw in an eagle on him. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "It's a Ryder Cup rematch for Reed, McIlroy in Masters," 7 Apr. 2018 Mickelson recovered from a 4-over start through two holes and is 1 over for the day through 12 and 6 over for the Masters, using an eagle at the par-5 eighth to redirect his round. Jesse Smithey, Detroit Free Press, "2018 Masters: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson stagnant on soggy Moving Day," 7 Apr. 2018 The helmet decal contained the Stoneman Douglas logo and the school’s mascot, an eagle. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Here’s how the Panthers are paying tribute to Stoneman Douglas," 19 Feb. 2018 Maday, who tied for ninth in this event last year, had an eagle 3 on the 544-yard, par-5 11th hole in his first round to go along with four birdies and two bogeys. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Two 68s has Oregon’s Cole Maday leading Sahalee Players Championship by four strokes," 2 July 2018 Wagner also had eagles on consecutive holes (the 14th and 15th). charlotteobserver, "2018 Wells Fargo Championship: A recap of the first 3 rounds | Charlotte Observer," 6 May 2018 Playing on the second-oldest public course in the nation, Parker made birdie on his first hole and overcame a double bogey on his third hole with five additional birdies and an eagle for a one-stroke advantage over Ben Balter of Weston Golf Club. Owen Pence, BostonGlobe.com, "Tommy Parker of Thorny Lea takes early lead at Mass. Am," 10 July 2018 Haney played 13 holes 4-under Thursday, including three birdies and an eagle in a six-hole stretch from Holes 5-10. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Will Grimmer, defending champ advance at Tony Blom Metropolitan Amateur Championship," 28 June 2018 Poulter and Piercy each had three birdies and two bogeys, while Henley had three birdies and an eagle to go along with a bogey and a double bogey. Bill Pennington And Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "U.S. Open 2018: A First Round Full of Struggles," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Korda, playing alongside Kim a group ahead of Ko, also eagled the fifth and had four birdies and a bogey. BostonGlobe.com, "Tiger Woods will play in Wells Fargo event next week," 27 Apr. 2018 Hatton stormed up the leaderboard on the weekend with rounds of 64-67 and eagled the 15th from 11 feet to grab a share of the lead. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Phil Mickelson breaks through at WGC-Mexico Championship," 4 Mar. 2018 Casey wasn’t the only one to eagle on the back nine today. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Paul Casey Leads Travelers Championship After 62 In Third Round; Henley Trails By Four," 23 June 2018 Island green:17th hole at TPC Sawgrass brings fear, adrenaline for players, caddies Follow his round with our hole-by-hole tracker throughout the day: Hole 9 - Par 5 Tiger eagled No. Adam Woodard, USA TODAY, "Will Tiger Woods make the cut at The Players Championship? Follow his Friday round shot-by-shot," 11 May 2018 Ko eagled the par-5 fifth and had four birdies and a bogey. BostonGlobe.com, "Tiger Woods will play in Wells Fargo event next week," 27 Apr. 2018 Ko eagled the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, to trump Minjee Lee's birdie. Dennis Manoloff, cleveland.com, "LPGA Tour 2018: Final results for Mediheal Championship (Lydia Ko winner in playoff)," 29 Apr. 2018 All together now: NO. Spieth eagled the eighth hole by getting up and down from 276 yards and reeled off five straight birdies on Nos. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Masters Round 1 report: Jordan Spieth's birdie binge, Sergio Garcia's sinking feeling and Tony Finau's miracle recovery," 6 Apr. 2018 But amateur Doug Ghim broke through mid-afternoon and eagled the par-5 13th hole. Jesse Smithey, Detroit Free Press, "Sergio Garcia on Masters collapse: I felt like I hit good shots," 5 Apr. 2018

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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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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

golf : 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 \

Kids Definition of eagle

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

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