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eagle

[ee-guh l] /ˈi gəl/
noun
1.
any of several large, soaring birds of prey belonging to the hawk family Accipitridae, noted for their size, strength, and powers of flight and vision: formerly widespread in North America, eagles are mostly confined to Alaska and a few isolated populations.
2.
a figure or representation of an eagle, much used as an emblem:
the Roman eagle.
3.
a standard, seal, or the like bearing such a figure.
4.
one of a pair of silver insignia in the shape of eagles with outstretched wings worn by a colonel in the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps and by a captain in the U.S. Navy.
5.
(initial capital letter) a gold coin of the U.S., traded for investment, available in denominations of 5, 10, 25, and 50 dollars containing 1/10 to 1 troy ounce of gold, having on its reverse a picture of an eagle: first issued in 1986.
6.
a former gold coin of the U.S., issued until 1933, equal to 10 dollars, showing an eagle on its reverse.
7.
Golf. a score of two below par for any single hole.
8.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Aquila.
9.
Cards.
  1. a representation in green of an eagle, used on playing cards to designate a suit in the pack additional to the four standard suits.
  2. a card of a suit so designated.
  3. eagles, the suit itself.
verb (used with object), eagled, eagling.
10.
Golf. to make an eagle on (a hole).
Origin of eagle
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English egle < Anglo-French, Old French egle, aigle < Latin aquila, noun use of feminine of aquilus dark-colored
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  • He was short and fat and bald, with little eyes, but with a look like an eagle.

  • One had the look of an eagle, with his beak-nose and deep-set, uncowed eyes.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • The raven, wolf, and eagle are the regular epic accompaniments of battle and carnage.

    Beowulf Unknown
  • It was my first introduction to the American eagle screaming for all it was worth.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • The difference only between the eagle and the vulture,—serenity or restlessness.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
British Dictionary definitions for eagle

eagle

/ˈiːɡəl/
noun
1.
any of various birds of prey of the genera Aquila, Harpia, etc, having large broad wings and strong soaring flight: family Accipitridae (hawks, etc) See also golden eagle, harpy eagle, sea eagle related adjective aquiline
2.
a representation of an eagle used as an emblem, etc, esp representing power: the Roman eagle
3.
a standard, seal, etc, bearing the figure of an eagle
4.
(golf) a score of two strokes under par for a hole
5.
a former US gold coin worth ten dollars: withdrawn from circulation in 1934
6.
the shoulder insignia worn by a US full colonel or equivalent rank
verb
7.
(golf) to score two strokes under par for a hole
Word Origin
C14: from Old French aigle, from Old Provençal aigla, from Latin aquila, perhaps from aquilus dark
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Word Origin and History for eagle
n.

mid-14c., from Old French egle, from Old Provençal aigla, from Latin aquila "black eagle," fem. of aquilus, often explained as "dark colored" (bird); see aquiline. The native term was erne. Golf score sense is first recorded by 1908 (according to old golf sources, because it "soars higher" than a birdie). The figurative eagle-eyed is attested from c.1600.

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Slang definitions & phrases for eagle

eagle

noun

A US one-dollar bill

Related Terms

legal eagle

[fr the eagle pictured on the back]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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