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kleagle

[klee-guh l] /ˈkli gəl/
noun
1.
an official of the Ku Klux Klan.
Origin of kleagle
1920-1925
An Americanism dating back to 1920-25; Kl(an) + eagle
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  • The “kleagle” or field man makes his reports to the “King kleagle” only.

    The Modern Ku Klux Klan Henry Peck Fry
  • That would be $5 out of the $10, of which $4 would go to the kleagle and $1 would go to the King kleagle.

    The Modern Ku Klux Klan Henry Peck Fry
  • Until I had resigned as kleagle I had never been able to even see a copy of the constitution and laws.

    The Modern Ku Klux Klan Henry Peck Fry
  • I made inquiry of my King kleagle as to whether or not the Atlanta people were printing and distributing the “oath.”

    The Modern Ku Klux Klan Henry Peck Fry
  • In reply to his telegram he was summarily dismissed as a kleagle by Mrs. Tyler herself.

    The Modern Ku Klux Klan Henry Peck Fry
  • By this time the candidate is supposed to be in a mood to fall, and the kleagle calls on him personally.

Word Origin and History for kleagle

Kleagle

n.

title of an officer in the KKK, 1924, from Klan + eagle.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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