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


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


She made an eagle on the fourth hole. She made eagle on the fourth hole.


She eagled the fourth hole.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As soon as the whale was brought home, tribal members blessed the whale with a sprinkling of eagle down, song and prayer, Tyler said. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Whale killed by ship near Neah Bay now a harvest celebration as Makah Nation prepares feast," 24 Aug. 2018 The tournament field scored 172-under over the course of four days, which includes a tremendous eagle by Jordan Spieth from the greenside bunker. Christopher Hanna, courant.com, "From Best Round To Top Moments, Here Are The 2018 Travelers Highlights," 25 June 2018 With a 56-degree sand wedge, Woods flew the ball past the hole and then watched it spin back 10 feet into the cup for a hole-out eagle. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods shows flashes of brilliance, but poor putting, Mother Nature temper his roll," 1 June 2018 Japan's Satoshi Kodaira accomplished a rare feat on Thursday, carding a double-eagle on the par-5 first at Colonial Country Club. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "No. 5 is 'by far the hardest' at Colonial, but the hole right before it is eagle-proof | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 May 2018 Kitty currently is licensed to educate, breed, educate and hunt with her wards, now numbering 19 including a golden eagle, a European kestrel, a gyrfalcon and a Eurasian eagle owl, one of the largest owls in existence. Vincent Crampton, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Suwannee County: Experience an ancient hunting art at International Falconry Academy," 6 May 2018 In last year's final round, Kisner holed approach shots from 43 yards, 601/2 yards and a 31-yard eagle on the last hole to force a playoff. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "Zurich Classic of New Orleans 3rd Round pairings," 28 Apr. 2018 Flesch and Parel each reached the green in two, with Parel leaving a 60-foot eagle try 3 feet short, and Flesch rolling a 50-footer to a foot. BostonGlobe.com, "Ian Poulter takes 1-shot lead at Hilton Head," 15 Apr. 2018 Design director Peter Hopkins told Fader magazine that the Nigerian team's confidence inspired him in his designs for the kit which has a bold neon green pattern that echoes the pattern of eagle wing feathers. Stephanie Busari, Cnn And Damilola Odutayo, CNN, "It's official! Nigeria is the most stylish team at the World Cup," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Spieth, the defending champion, has also made a strong start to his third round, eagling the first hole after driving onto the green, and then rolling in a birdie at No. Fox News, "The Latest: Woods shoots 66, in contention at British Open," 21 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of eagle


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eagle


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

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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



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

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


ea·​gle | \ ˈē-gəl \

Kids Definition of eagle

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

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