[ee-guh l]


verb (used with object), ea·gled, ea·gling.

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
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Contemporary Examples of eagle

Historical Examples of eagle

  • 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.



  • 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



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 powerthe 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a former US gold coin worth ten dollars: withdrawn from circulation in 1934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 for eagle

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.

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