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or aery

[air-ee, eer-ee] /ˈɛər i, ˈɪər i/
noun, plural aeries.
the nest of a bird of prey, as an eagle or a hawk.
a lofty nest of any large bird.
a house, fortress, or the like, located high on a hill or mountain.
an apartment or office on a high floor in a high-rise building:
a penthouse aerie with a spectacular view.
Obsolete. the brood in a nest, especially of a bird of prey.
Also, eyrie, eyry.
Origin of aerie
1575-85; < Anglo-French, Old French airie, equivalent to aire (< Latin ager field, presumably “nest” in Vulgar Latin; see acre) + ie -y3; compare Medieval Latin aerea, aeria “aerie, brood” < Old French aire
Can be confused
aerie, airy.
aerie, eerie, Erie. Unabridged
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  • The great panorama of the Gulf lay unfolded beneath their aerie.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • Dr. Jones and Will now returned from their aerie, the observatory.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • Slowly he climbed the steep and crooked trail to their aerie at the peak.

    Foes in Ambush Charles King
  • A single pair for many years had their aerie in the top of a huge dead sycamore tree, near the head of Burnt Ship Bay.

  • He was in a very eagle's aerie; the upper rim of Khinian's gorge seemed not more than a quarter of a mile above him.

  • Rather a bright sun, Too glorious for him to gaze upon, That took not first flight from the eagle's aerie.

  • If he caught one pointing for his aerie, he would block the way and bid her sternly begone.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • In the Fero Isles an Eagle flew away with a child (which its mother had left for a few moments), and bore it off to its aerie.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • Its aerie is about two yards wide, and is generally situated in the forests bordering on the sea or great lakes.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • Its aerie, which is of considerable dimensions, it builds amongst the most inaccessible rocks.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for aerie


/ˈɛərɪ; ˈɪərɪ/
a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for aerie

"eagle's nest," 1580s (attested in Anglo-Latin from early 13c.), from Old French aire "nest," Medieval Latin area "nest of a bird of prey" (12c.), perhaps from Latin area "level ground, garden bed" [Littré], though some doubt this [Klein]. Another theory connects it to atrium. Formerly misspelled eyrie (1660s) on the mistaken assumption that it derived from Middle English ey "egg."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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