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

Hataoka began began the final round at the KPMG nine strokes back of Ryu and posted closing 64 on the strength of two eagles. Beth Ann Nichols, USA TODAY, "Sung Hyun Park wins KPMG Women's PGA Championship for second major title," 1 July 2018 The past several decades have seen an almost complete recovery of raptor populations, notably falcons and eagles. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Some words on birds and their impact on Alaska and the rest of the world," 24 June 2018 Moments later, the fox and eagle are fighting it out in a frantic mid-air battle to determine who will enjoy the bunny as its next meal. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Watch as a bald eagle and red fox fight it out over a rabbit in this mid-air battle | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 Last year in Ohio, there were an estimated 221 nesting pairs that produced an estimated 312 young eagles. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Ohio bald eagle duel ends in death of mother, chick as birders watch in horror," 23 Apr. 2018 Though the Masters experience was memorable for so many moments — a practice round with idol Tiger Woods, an eagle and crystal reward — the golf itself was disappointing, as Parziale failed to make the cut. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Brockton firefighter Matt Parziale opens with 74 at US Open," 14 June 2018 The theme was red, white and blue, and the boys had eagles and wings on their backs and stuff. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Jeff Parish sheriff, coroner to hold news conference on death of Keeven Robinson," 13 May 2018 Woods managed just four birdies, an eagle and five bogeys during two days while Mickelson had nine birdies, nine bogeys and four double-bogeys to finish 8-over par and miss the cut by a mile. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tiger Woods slips under cut line at TPC, trails leader Webb Simpson by 14 shots," 12 May 2018 After speaking with some nearby neighbors, the warden learned an individual had picked up the eagle and taken it. Community Report Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Game warden field notes," 1 May 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


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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