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


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 The feet were spread out, wide, for grasping, kind of like an eagle’s talons, and where its head should have been was nothing but a thick nest of more of the tendrils. David Canfield, EW.com, "Jim Butcher offers a sneak peek of upcoming novel Peace Talks," 16 Jan. 2020 Behind the pair, on a rocky outcrop, an American eagle turns to glare, and in the background massed ranks of flags allude to the recent war and the work needed to heal the nation. The Economist, "Political cartoons Why the Democratic Party is symbolised by a donkey," 14 Jan. 2020 Additionally, the furnishings are beginning to be put into place in what will be the $100 million home of the Gryphons -- a mythical creature with the head of an eagle and body of a lion -- at 9715 Mabelvale Pike. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, "Opening day draws nearer for LR school," 26 Dec. 2019 Joshua Kaleb Watson was a sharpshooter who could already see like an eagle. al, "Alabama hero of Pensacola shooting honored in Rhode Island," 11 Dec. 2019 Jane Guiney, who found the animal whimpering in her backyard, suspected the furry creature was a dog or a fox and was dropped on the ground by an eagle flying by. Fox News, "Rare purebred dingo pup dropped by eagle in Australian family's backyard, sanctuary says," 5 Nov. 2019 But the embattled Prime Minister did not talk about the ruling nor Brexit, apart from jokingly comparing the process of leaving the European Union to the classical Greek tale of Prometheus having his liver eaten by an eagle for eternity. Helen Regan, CNN, "Boris Johnson ignores Brexit and Supreme Court defeat in tech-focused UN speech," 25 Sep. 2019 What if there’s some modern mythological fable at work here, like Sisyphus rolling the rock or Prometheus having his liver pecked at nightly by an eagle? Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: It’s the annual Dolphins-Are-Closer-To-Relevancy Day as Tom Brady turns 42 | Commentary," 2 Aug. 2019 But most aren’t equipped for outdoor survival and get their ears torn off by raccoons or plucked by eagles. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Notice a bunny boom? Here are some reasons for the Seattle area’s recent rise in rabbits," 19 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The winner two weeks ago in La Quinta, Rahm eagled the par-5 third on his second nine. USA TODAY, "Bill Haas shoots 64 to take Phoenix Open lead," 1 Feb. 2018 The 20-year-old with the deliciously unique swing and buckets upon buckets of talent eagled the 18th hole to win the inaugural 3M Classic by a single stroke over Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "20-Year-Old Phenom Matthew Wolff Eagles 18 to Win First PGA Tour Event," 7 July 2019

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

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14 Feb 2020

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“Eagle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eagle. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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