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


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

Spieth rode his eagle to a bogey-free round of 6-under 65, giving him a three-way tie for the lead with Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, and giving him a chance to become the first player in 10 years to win back-to-back at the British Open. Doug Ferguson, Fox News, "Spieth part of 3-way tie for British lead as Woods lurks," 21 July 2018 The third round ended at 10 p.m. on the East Coast, and Woods dazzled with a 60-foot eagle putt, a chip that flew into the cup for birdie on No. Doug Ferguson, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Ten years after a thrilling U.S. Open victory, Tiger Woods hasn't won another major. Can he do it again?," 10 June 2018 One side is a human head and the other side is an eagle, a bird that Republicans are okay killing. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why You Need to Vote—Even If You Don't Want To," 3 Nov. 2018 Firefighters in Minnesota were in awe on Tuesday when an eagle — the ultimate symbol of American patriotism — perched on a 9/11 memorial. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Eagle perches on Minnesota 9/11 flag display: See the photo," 11 Sep. 2018 Two large balloons, featuring an American flag and an even more massive eagle, drew cheers and applause from onlookers. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, "Fourth of July celebrations more meaningful, worrisome for some Americans," 4 July 2018 At 575 yards tee-to-green, No. 6 yielded 13 eagles, 191 birdies, 215 pars and just 41 bogeys or worse. Christopher Hanna, courant.com, "From Best Round To Top Moments, Here Are The 2018 Travelers Highlights," 25 June 2018 Images of eagles, triangles, globes and the number 32 repeat throughout the hall. Sean Erwin, miamiherald, "Orchestra Miami's 'The Magic Flute' is Mozart's answer to 'Hamilton' | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 Now, some eagle-nosed shoppers at Target have noticed that the big-box store stocks cleaning supplies that smell just like the Capri Blue candles. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Certain Cleaning Supplies From Target Smell Like the Best Anthropologie Candle, Apparently," 1 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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 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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