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or aëry

[air-ee, ey-uh-ree] /ˈɛər i, ˈeɪ ə ri/
adjective, aerier, aeriest.
ethereal; aerial.
Origin of aery1
1580-90; < Latin āerius < Greek āérios, equivalent to āer- aer- + -ios adj. suffix
Related forms
aerily, adverb


[air-ee, eer-ee] /ˈɛər i, ˈɪər i/
noun, plural aeries.


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.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for aery
Historical Examples
  • The aery of the Yosemite eagle is the most sublimely defiant of things built by bird, or beast, or man.

    Roof and Meadow Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Seizing in his hand his club of heavy knotted oak, he seeks with swift pace the aery mountain steep.

  • She spoke; but the other sped lightly down the aery sky, girt about with dark whirlwind on her echoing way.

  • The sunset begins to burn red behind Magdalen Tower, all the towers and aery pinnacles rise blue yet distinct against it.

    The Invader Margaret L. Woods
  • Not Age but Youth of centuries smiles from gray walls and aery pinnacles upon the joyous children of To-day.

    The Invader Margaret L. Woods
  • The lovers, now that in an aery body they must sorrow for unconsummated love, are 'tangled up as the grass patterns are tangled.'

British Dictionary definitions for aery


/ˈɛərɪ; ˈeɪərɪ/
adjective (poetic)
a variant spelling of airy
lofty, insubstantial, or visionary
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek aērios, from aērair


/ˈɛərɪ; ˈɪərɪ/
noun (pl) aeries
a variant spelling of eyrie


/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 aery



"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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