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

Up ahead on the par-5 18th, Koepka drilled a 3-iron just over the back of the green, leaving him a 50-foot chip for eagle to tie, with a birdie likely to do the trick considering what Woodland faced on the 17th. Doug Ferguson, Houston Chronicle, "Gary Woodland claims U.S. Open title at Pebble Beach," 17 June 2019 Ahead on the 18th, Koepka's 3-iron went just over the back of the green, leaving him a chip for eagle to tie, with a birdie likely to do the trick considering what Woodland faced. Doug Ferguson, sun-sentinel.com, "Koepka just short of U.S. Open 3-peat as fellow Palm Beach County resident Woodland hangs on," 17 June 2019 Up ahead on the par-5 18th, Koepka drilled a 3-iron just over the back of the green, leaving him a 50-foot chip for eagle to tie, with a birdie likely to do the trick considering what Woodland faced on the 17th. Doug Ferguson, Anchorage Daily News, "Woodland denies history with US Open title at Pebble Beach," 17 June 2019 Up ahead on the par-5 18th, Koepka drilled a 3-iron just over the back of the green, leaving him a 50-foot chip for eagle to tie, with a birdie likely to do the trick considering what Woodland faced on the 17th. Doug Ferguson, courant.com, "Gary Woodland wins U.S. Open for first major title, holding off Brooks Koepka’s historic bid," 17 June 2019 Up ahead on the par-5 18th, Koepka drilled a 3-iron just over the back of the green, leaving him a 50-foot chip for eagle to tie, with a birdie likely to do the trick considering what Woodland faced on the 17th. Doug Ferguson, BostonGlobe.com, "Gary Woodland captures first career major at US Open," 16 June 2019 Up ahead on the par-5 18th, Koepka drilled a 3-iron just over the back of the green, leaving him a 50-foot chip for eagle to tie, with a birdie likely to do the trick considering what Woodland faced on the 17th. Doug Ferguson, chicagotribune.com, "Former college basketball player Gary Woodland holds off a surging Brooks Koepka to win the U.S. Open," 16 June 2019 Ahead on the 18th, Koepka's 3-iron went just over the back of the green, leaving him a chip for eagle to tie, with a birdie likely to do the trick considering what Woodland faced. CBS News, "Gary Woodland wins the U.S. Open, his first major title," 16 June 2019 Up ahead on the par-5 18th, Koepka drilled a 3-iron just over the back of the green, leaving him a 50-foot chip for eagle to tie, with a birdie likely to do the trick considering what Woodland faced on the 17th. Doug Ferguson, orlandosentinel.com, "Steady Woodland denies history with U.S. Open title at Pebble Beach for first major crown," 16 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Scott birdied 3, eagled 6 after reaching the green in two shots and birdied 9. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Schauffele posts another high finish in major," 16 June 2019 Hutton spread-eagled through the crease to have Sam Reinhart's one-timer bank off his right skate blade. USA TODAY, "Hutton stops 27 shots in Blues' 1-0 win over Sabres," 3 Feb. 2018 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

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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 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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