[ ee-guhl ]
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  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.: Compare bald eagle, golden eagle.

  2. a figure or representation of an eagle, much used as an emblem: the Roman eagle.

  1. a standard, seal, or the like bearing such a figure.

  2. 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.

  3. Eagle, a gold coin of the United States, 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.

  4. a former gold coin of the United States, issued until 1933, equal to 10 dollars, showing an eagle on its reverse.

  5. Golf. a score of two below par for any single hole.

  6. Eagle, Astronomy. the constellation Aquila.

  7. Cards.

    • a representation in green of an eagle, used on playing cards to designate a suit in the pack additional to the four standard suits.

    • a card of a suit so designated.

    • eagles, the suit itself.

verb (used with object),ea·gled, ea·gling.
  1. Golf. to make an eagle on (a hole).

Origin of eagle

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English egle, from Anglo-French, Old French egle, aigle, from Latin aquila, noun use of feminine of aquilus “dark-colored”

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British Dictionary definitions for eagle


/ (ˈiːɡəl) /

  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

  1. a standard, seal, etc, bearing the figure of an eagle

  2. golf a score of two strokes under par for a hole

  3. a former US gold coin worth ten dollars: withdrawn from circulation in 1934

  4. the shoulder insignia worn by a US full colonel or equivalent rank

  1. golf to score two strokes under par for a hole

Origin of eagle

C14: from Old French aigle, from Old Provençal aigla, from Latin aquila, perhaps from aquilus dark

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