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 eagle (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 On the first four holes, the Beavers’ five players had eight birdies and an eagle. oregonlive, 18 May 2021 That’s because when Masters play resumed, Matsuyama rampaged through his final eight holes in a stunning six-under par, including four birdies and an eagle, to jump into a startling four-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2021 Rose made seven birdies and an eagle during a torrid 10-hole stretch for an opening 7-under 65, giving him a four-shot lead Thursday in conditions that might only get tougher the rest of the way. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 9 Apr. 2021 Tony Finau already had six birdies and an eagle through 15 holes. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Apr. 2021 Spieth rolled in another eagle at the par-5 18th, this time a shorter, bending putt from the fringe behind the hole. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2021 Toole, a native of New South Wales, Australia, turned in 12 birdies for the tournament and was one of four golfers to post an eagle. oregonlive, 14 May 2021 Cheered on by the hometown crowd, the 27-year-old Spieth did not disappoint, sinking a 55-foot eagle putt on the final hole for a 9-under-par 63, good enough for a share of Thursday’s first-round lead. Dallas News, 14 May 2021 There's also Ajani Joe, a Black Rhino born in August, Amali the Bonobo born in July, a Verreaux's eagle owl named Ori who hatched in March, and many more to see. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 5 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most players atop the leaderboard could either eagle the 13th and 15th or bogey them, and that kind of swing in the scoreboard can make or break them in the tournament. Star Tribune, 12 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 5 Oct. 2019 The passengers hit the floor ass first and lay spread-eagled, staring at the ceiling. Nicola Twilley, Wired, 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, 9 Dec. 2019 Cantlay eagled the par-4 15th, driving the green and holing a 45-footer, in a 64. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Oct. 2019 Trailing by three shots, Groomes eagled while Moldovan had a double-bogey. cleveland, 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, 28 Sep. 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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10 Jun 2021

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“Eagle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eagle. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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