- 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.
Origin of aerie
Examples from the Web for aeries
- a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie
- a variant spelling of airy
- lofty, insubstantial, or visionary
- a variant spelling of eyrie
Word Origin and History for aeries
"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."