What does eagle mean?

Definitions for eagle
ˈi gəlea·gle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eagle, bird of Jovenoun

    any of various large keen-sighted diurnal birds of prey noted for their broad wings and strong soaring flight

  2. eaglenoun

    (golf) a score of two strokes under par on a hole

  3. eaglenoun

    a former gold coin in the United States worth 10 dollars

  4. eagleverb

    an emblem representing power

    "the Roman eagle"

  5. eagle, double birdieverb

    shoot two strokes under par

    "She eagled the hole"

  6. eagleverb

    shoot in two strokes under par


  1. eaglenoun

    Any of several large carnivorous and carrion-eating birds in the family Accipitridae, having a powerful hooked bill and keen vision.

  2. eaglenoun

    A representation of such a bird carried as an emblem

  3. eaglenoun

    A score of two under par for a hole.

  4. eagleverb

    To score an eagle.

  5. Eaglenoun

    The landing unit of Apollo 11.

  6. Etymology: egle, from egle, from aigle, from aquila. Displaced native Middle English earn, from earn. More at erne.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EAGLEnoun

    1.A bird of prey, which, as it is reported, renews its age when it grows old. But some think that this recovery of youth happens no otherwise in the eagle than in other birds, by casting their feathers every year in the moulting season, and having others in their room. It is also said not to drink at all, like other birds with sharp claws. It is given out, that when an eagle sees its young so well grown as to venture upon flying, it hovers over their nest, flutters with its wings, and excites them to imitate it, and take their flight; and when it sees them weary, or fearful, it takes and carries them upon its back. Eagles are said to be extremely sharp-sighted, and, when they take flight, spring perpendicularly upward, with their eyes steadily fixed upon the sun, mounting ’till, by their distance, they disappear. Augustin Calmet

    Etymology: aigle, French; aquila, Latin; ealler, Erse.

    Dismay’d not this
    Our captains Macbeth and Banquo?
    ———— Yes,
    As sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Draw forth the monsters of th’ abyss profound,
    Or fetch th’ aerial eagle to the ground. Alexander Pope, Ess. on Man.

    Arts still follow’d where Rome’s eagles flew. Alexander Pope.


  1. Eagle

    Eagle is the common name for many large birds of prey of the family Accipitridae. Eagles belong to several groups of genera, some of which are closely related. Most of the 68 species of eagle are from Eurasia and Africa. Outside this area, just 14 species can be found—2 in North America, 9 in Central and South America, and 3 in Australia. Eagles are not a natural group but denote essentially any kind of bird of prey large enough to hunt sizeable (about 50 cm long or more overall) vertebrates.


  1. eagle

    An eagle is a large bird of prey belonging to the Accipitridae family, characterized by their strong, powerful beak and sharp talons. Eagles are renowned for their excellent eyesight, large wingspan, and their ability to fly at high altitudes. Their diet mainly consists of smaller birds, mammals, and fish. Eagles are often associated with power and freedom and are found in various cultures and symbols worldwide. There are more than 60 species of eagles, most of them residing in Eurasia and Africa.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eaglenoun

    any large, rapacious bird of the Falcon family, esp. of the genera Aquila and Haliaeetus. The eagle is remarkable for strength, size, graceful figure, keenness of vision, and extraordinary flight. The most noted species are the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetus); the imperial eagle of Europe (A. mogilnik / imperialis); the American bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus); the European sea eagle (H. albicilla); and the great harpy eagle (Thrasaetus harpyia). The figure of the eagle, as the king of birds, is commonly used as an heraldic emblem, and also for standards and emblematic devices. See Bald eagle, Harpy, and Golden eagle

  2. Eaglenoun

    a gold coin of the United States, of the value of ten dollars

  3. Eaglenoun

    a northern constellation, containing Altair, a star of the first magnitude. See Aquila

  4. Eaglenoun

    the figure of an eagle borne as an emblem on the standard of the ancient Romans, or so used upon the seal or standard of any people

  5. Etymology: [OE. egle, F. aigle, fr. L. aquila; prob. named from its color, fr. aquilus dark-colored, brown; cf. Lith. aklas blind. Cf. Aquiline.]


  1. Eagle

    Eagle is a common name for some members of the bird family Accipitridae; it belongs to several genera that are not necessarily closely related to each other. Most of the more than sixty species of eagles occur in Eurasia and Africa. Outside this area, just eleven species can be found – two species in the United States and Canada, nine species in Central America and South America, and three species in Australia.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Eagle

    ē′gl, n. a name given to many birds of prey in the family Falconidæ: a military standard carrying the figure of an eagle: a gold coin of the United States, worth ten dollars.—adjs. Ea′gle-eyed, Ea′gle-sight′ed, having a piercing eye: discerning; Ea′gle-flight′ed, mounting high.—ns. Ea′gle-hawk, a name applied to several eagles of comparatively small size; Ea′gle-owl, a genus of large owls, the largest in Europe; Ea′gle-stone, a variety of argillaceous oxide of iron occurring in egg-shaped masses; Ea′glet, a young or small eagle.—adj. Ea′gle-winged, having an eagle's wings.—ns. Ea′gle-wood, another name for agalloch or calambac; Spread′-ea′gle (see Spread). [O. Fr. aigle—L. aquila.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Eagle

    the king of birds, and bird of Jove; was adopted by various nations as the emblem of dominant power, as well as of nobility and generosity; in Christian art it is the symbol of meditation, and the attribute of St. John; is represented now as fighting with a serpent, and now as drinking out of a chalice or a communion cup, to strengthen it for the fight.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. eagle

    The insignia of the Romans, borrowed also by moderns, as Frederic of Prussia and Napoleon. Also, a gold coin of the United States, of the value of five dollars, or £1, 0s. 10d. sterling, at the average rate of exchange.

  2. eagle

    A punishment inflicted by seizing the offender by his arms and legs to the shrouds, and there leaving him for a specified time.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. eagle

    In heraldry, is used as an emblem of magnanimity and fortitude. In the Roman armies the eagle was used as a military standard, and even previous to that time the Persians under Cyrus the Younger used the same military emblem. In modern times, France, Russia, Prussia, Austria, and the United States have adopted the eagle as a national military symbol. The Austrian eagle is represented as double-headed.

Rap Dictionary

  1. eaglenoun

    See Desert Eagle. A Gun

  2. eaglenoun

    A Hip-Hop dance move which consists of a female going down on bent knees and flappin' her legs. As seen in Nelly's video Get Your Eagle On

Editors Contribution

  1. eagle

    A type of bird.

    Eagles are a beautiful bird to observe flying high in the sky.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 30, 2016  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Eagle

    An inn sign, the cognisance of Queen Mary.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. EAGLE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Eagle is ranked #4261 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Eagle surname appeared 8,325 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Eagle.

    79.2% or 6,598 total occurrences were White.
    9.5% or 795 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    4.6% or 388 total occurrences were Black.
    3.1% or 262 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.7% or 226 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.6% or 56 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'eagle' in Nouns Frequency: #2022

Anagrams for eagle »

  1. aglee

  2. aegle

  3. galee

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eagle in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eagle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of eagle in a Sentence

  1. Victor Hugo:

    From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.

  2. William Blake:

    When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius lift up thy head

  3. Robin Green:

    The Eagle wasn't always the Eagle. The Eagle, before he became the Eagle, was Yucatangee, the Talker. Yucatangee talked and talked. It talked so much it heard only itself. Not the river, not the wind, not even the Wolf. The Raven came and said The Wolf is hungry. If you stop talking, you'll hear him. The wind too. And when you hear the wind, you'll fly. So he stopped talking. And became its nature, the Eagle. The Eagle soared, and its flight said all it needed to say.

  4. Michael Fletcher:

    We noticed something so we backed up, [Neil] thought it was an eagle. We looked and couldn't see anything. We checked it out on our way out -- and saw the bald eagle in the trap.

  5. Ryan Palmer:

    I didn't make anything long, except for the eagle on 16.

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