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 Ori is a Verreaux's eagle owl, hatched March 12, 2021. cincinnati.com, "© Copyright Gannett 2021," 30 Apr. 2021 Senior Katya Kurkoski had the team’s first eagle in competition on the 16th hole at Langdon Farms. oregonlive, "Jesuit senior sinks her first career eagle in competition: Week 2 golf recap," 29 Apr. 2021 The mission insignia — an eagle landing on the moon with an olive branch in its talons — was largely Collins’ creation. Jessica Gresko, Anchorage Daily News, "Astronaut Michael Collins, pilot on first Apollo moon landing mission, dies at age 90," 28 Apr. 2021 The mission patch that adorned his, Aldrin’s and Armstrong’s suits — an eagle holding an olive branch over the pockmarked lunar surface — was largely his design. Washington Post, "Michael Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut, dies at 90," 28 Apr. 2021 Collins depicted an eagle landing on the rocky lunar surface, with the distant Earth in the background. Kiona N. Smith, Forbes, "Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins Has Died At 90," 28 Apr. 2021 The mission insignia — an eagle landing on the moon with an olive branch in its talons — was largely Collins’ creation. Jessica Gresko, Chron, "Astronaut Michael Collins, Apollo 11 pilot, dead of cancer," 28 Apr. 2021 Saturday’s action included some exceptional shots by players further back in the field, including Sam Ryder’s double-eagle from 206 yards on the par-5 second hole and Wyndham Clark’s 106-yard approach from the muddy edge of a water hazard on 16. BostonGlobe.com, "Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel surge to lead at Zurich Classic of New Orleans," 24 Apr. 2021 Interspersing actual footage of the riots, Sorkin masterfully mirrors recent social unrest with that of a bygone era and also throws in his signature snappy repartee and witty zingers throughout, especially the legal-eagle stuff. USA Today, "Which film deserves best picture? We passionately defend all eight Oscar contenders," 22 Apr. 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, "10 reasons why the Masters is still the best golf tournament in the world," 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, "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

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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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5 May 2021

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“Eagle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eagle. Accessed 9 May. 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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