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 eagling (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 An eagle that had crossed paths with the flight had been gripping the fish in its talons. Kelsie Smith, CNN, "Alaska Airlines flight hits bear on runway during landing," 16 Nov. 2020 And Smith had an eagle and three consecutive birdies on his final four holes. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "Top-ranked Dustin Johnson among five players tied for Masters lead," 13 Nov. 2020 Finau, a West High School graduate and part-time Lehi resident, made five birdies, four bogeys and an eagle — holing a bunker shot on the par-5 No. 15. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Tony Finau moves into the top 10 of the Masters with a first-round 69," 12 Nov. 2020 Masters memory: Following a double-bogey in the water on No. 12 to an eagle on the 13th and finishing one back of Tiger Woods last year. Doug Ferguson, SFChronicle.com, "2020 Masters: A look at 10 contenders," 10 Nov. 2020 It is topped by a statue of an eagle measuring nearly six feet in width. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "Mesquite Veterans Memorial opening to the public as city honors those who serve," 4 Nov. 2020 Yang was five-under through seven holes after posting an eagle 3 on the third hole and carding birdies on holes four, five and seven. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "TFA girls golf standout Cissy Yang shoots 65 for region crown," 19 Oct. 2020 Or mix in an eagle, as Kuest did on the par-5 No. 13. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Former BYU star Peter Kuest takes the Utah Open lead," 15 Aug. 2020 Davis is more sphinx than unicorn: body of a lion, wings of an eagle, head of a mysterious human being. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Pondering Anthony Davis, the Lakers’ Oddly Enigmatic Star," 7 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Kevin Na shots 62 to share lead in home event in Las Vegas," 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, "Newton to miss third straight," 5 Oct. 2019 The passengers hit the floor ass first and lay spread-eagled, staring at the ceiling. Nicola Twilley, Wired, "Algae Caviar, Anyone? What We'll Eat on the Journey to Mars," 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, "UConn routs Notre Dame," 9 Dec. 2019 Cantlay eagled the par-4 15th, driving the green and holing a 45-footer, in a 64. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kevin Na shots 62 to share lead in home event in Las Vegas," 4 Oct. 2019 Trailing by three shots, Groomes eagled while Moldovan had a double-bogey. cleveland, "Green’s Maxwell Moldovan comes up short in three-peat; Archbishop Hoban second in D-I boys state golf," 19 Oct. 2019 Rod Pampling eagled the par-5 18th at Pebble Beach for a 5-under 67 and a share of the Pure Insurance Championship lead with Joey Sindelar in his PGA Tour Champions debut. BostonGlobe.com, "Nationals’ Scherzer to start NL wild card," 28 Sep. 2019 Xander Schauffele eagles the par-5 18th hole to tie Fowler for the lead with a 5-under 66. The Si Staff, SI.com, "2019 U.S. Open Live Blog: Tracking Tiger, Koepka and Round One Leaders at Pebble," 13 June 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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24 Nov 2020

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“Eagle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eagle. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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eagle

noun
How to pronounce eagle (audio)

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 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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