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[ee-guh l] /ˈi gəl/
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.
a figure or representation of an eagle, much used as an emblem:
the Roman eagle.
a standard, seal, or the like bearing such a figure.
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.
(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.
a former gold coin of the U.S., issued until 1933, equal to 10 dollars, showing an eagle on its reverse.
Golf. a score of two below par for any single hole.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Aquila.
  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.
Golf. to make an eagle on (a hole).
Origin of eagle
1350-1400; Middle English egle < Anglo-French, Old French egle, aigle < Latin aquila, noun use of feminine of aquilus dark-colored Unabridged
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  • The falcon, as well as the eagle, was a "fire-bringer or lightning-bird."

  • It would be a small gain to them to fly like birds,—to see like the eagle itself.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • A great many people have never heard the scream of an eagle.

    The Seventh Man Max Brand
  • "My share, my share, give me my share," the eagle screamed at him.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • eagle was French, and professed to be a refugee, a person of interest to foreign monarchs.

    Quaker Hill Warren H. Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for eagle


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
a representation of an eagle used as an emblem, etc, esp representing power: the Roman eagle
a standard, seal, etc, bearing the figure of an eagle
(golf) a score of two strokes under par for a hole
a former US gold coin worth ten dollars: withdrawn from circulation in 1934
the shoulder insignia worn by a US full colonel or equivalent rank
(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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for eagle



A US one-dollar bill

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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.
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