Definition of eagle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈēɡəl/ /ˈiɡəl/

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  • 1A large bird of prey with a massive hooked bill and long broad wings, renowned for its keen sight and powerful soaring flight.

    Family Accipitridae: several genera, in particular Aquila

    ‘The South African National Bird of Prey Centre takes in injured raptors - eagles, owls, sparrow hawks, for example - and nurses them back to health.’
    • ‘It features free-flying displays and an opportunity for people to see at close hand some 30 different birds of prey, including eagles, buzzards and falcons.’
    • ‘The Ende's consider the birds - eagles, falcons, hawks, owls and kestrels - as part of their family.’
    • ‘In addition to human foes, Australian flying foxes must contend with a number of natural predators, including pythons, wedge-tailed eagles and powerful owls.’
    • ‘The site, which is run by volunteers and houses more than 60 birds including owls, eagles and vultures, is a popular destination for families and school groups.’
    • ‘For one thing, the ferrets weren't very predator savvy, and naive ferrets made easy prey for hawks, eagles and other grassland hunters.’
    • ‘The seemingly insignificant scorpion, now moving under the shadows of the eagle's powerful wings, never even caught the bird's eye.’
    • ‘He could spot mental mistakes and misjudgments in a ball game quicker than an airborne eagle catches sight of prey scurrying around on the ground.’
    • ‘But in every generation, it seems, they try, remembering not the fall, but the heady lift of flight, the eagle soaring by.’
    • ‘Hornbills are large, canopy-dwelling birds that fear eagles but don't mind leopards - after all, the birds fly and the leopards don't.’
    • ‘My brother is into birds of prey - mostly eagles and falcons.’
    • ‘Across the water were four immature eagles soaring, swooping, and suffering the aggression of what we believe was a Merlin.’
    • ‘Dumbfounded, I forgot all about my camera until the eagle was out of sight.’
    • ‘The flight of an eagle is a beautiful thing to watch: wings outspread, gliding and dipping, effortlessly riding invisible currents.’
    • ‘I followed the majestic flight of an eagle reveling in his freedom, soaring through the skies as if they were his to roam at will.’
    • ‘In recent years fanfare accompanied the return of species like the osprey and red kite in England and the white-tailed eagle in Scotland.’
    • ‘He did not notice the eagles soaring over him, nor the vultures which looked down on him from his very own towers.’
    • ‘From the roof terrace of his three-storey whitewashed house, Ian Gibson watches golden eagles swooping lazily above.’
    • ‘Some years back, we reintroduced the white-tailed sea eagle here.’
    • ‘A gorgeous golden eagle was perched on the sill.’
    1. 1.1A figure of an eagle, especially as a symbol of the US, or formerly as a Roman or French ensign.
      ‘Germany's national symbol has been the eagle since Charlemagne was emperor from 800 to 814.’
      • ‘In addition to the United States, numerous other nations through the ages have adopted the eagle as their symbol.’
      • ‘Five hundred feet high, it was completed by a tall tower, crowned with the symbol of the State - an eagle and a swastika.’
      • ‘Above the bench in the courtroom there was a double-headed eagle, a very ancient dynastic symbol representing the union of church and state.’
      • ‘If you do a search for Dept. of Homeland Security's logo, it is a blue colour circular logo with an eagle in it.’
      • ‘In the the Hall of St George, he shows me the newly restored twin-headed eagle, symbol of Tsarist Russia, from the top of the Winter Palace.’
      • ‘He grabbed the presidential mobile phone, which had a double-headed eagle instead of buttons, from the nightstand.’
      • ‘There were not many more British enthusiasts for the hammer and sickle than there had been for the double-headed eagle.’
      • ‘In some cases, emblems that included eagles, the outline of the state or the American flag, for example, were deleted or simplified.’
      • ‘Some of the designs were very simple and graphic, looking like the two-headed eagles of heraldry, and some were much more elaborate.’
      • ‘It's no accident that John Altman's World War II thriller has a German eagle, a swastika and a Nazi-esque title font on the cover.’
      • ‘By a decree of July 1804, the eagle and the bee were chosen as the two symbols of the empire.’
      • ‘There he was, standing beneath an enormous gold-coloured double-headed eagle, Russia's national symbol, looked focused and unrattled.’
      • ‘The money held by these Iraqis is decorated with American eagles, symbolizing the support given the Iraqis by the West.’
      • ‘The national symbol of Serbia is a double-headed white eagle, a creature considered the king of animals.’
      • ‘Napolean later tried to switch the bird for an eagle, saying, ‘the rooster has no strength.’’
      • ‘Each pillar has four bronze columns supporting American eagles that hold a victory laurel.’
      • ‘The coat of arms, adopted in 1992, consists of a gold eagle against a blue background holding a cross in its beak, a sword in one claw, and a scepter in the other.’
      • ‘The gold Napoleonic eagle, emblem of the Coalition, stood out boldly on the front of their black berets.’
      • ‘The German, Austrian, and Russian empires all included a double-headed eagle in their official arms.’
  • 2Golf
    A score of two strokes under par at a hole.

    as modifier ‘he also had an eagle three at the ninth’
    • ‘The first year, I was standing at the 18th green and had just finished playing when Lew Worsham scored an eagle 2 on the last hole.’
    • ‘The ball pitched a few yards past the flag and, courtesy of a powerful amount of backspin, zipped back into the hole for an eagle two.’
    • ‘Levet was first to play and there was delight when his little chip and run trickled into the hole for an eagle three.’
    • ‘The 3-handicapper contributed three eagles and four birdies to his team en route to shooting a 69 on his own ball.’
    • ‘Cheetham needed an eagle on the last hole of Tour School to make it back on to the circuit.’
  • 3US In the US, a former gold coin worth ten dollars.

    ‘For instance, if the banks issued dollar notes, silver dollars ceased to circulate, and no one paid with a gold eagle if a ten dollar note was at hand.’
    • ‘He clanged a fist of twenty-dollar gold eagles on the counter.’

transitive verb

[with object]Golf
  • Play (a hole) in two strokes under par.

    ‘he eagled the last to share fourth place’
    • ‘Jerry Barber, all of 40 years ago, is the only other player in Masters history to have eagled the hole they call White Dogwood.’
    • ‘The world number two made swift amends in his second round, eagling his second hole - the 11th - and going on to reach the turn in 32.’
    • ‘He won the Crosby Plate at West Lancs in sensational style when he eagled the penultimate hole.’
    • ‘Michael Hancock eagled the 14th hole with a big three.’
    • ‘He dropped two shots over the first four holes but eagled the 501-yard par-five seventh before playing the rest of the round in level par.’


Middle English from Old French aigle, from Latin aquila.