- a large cage or a house or enclosure in which birds are kept.
Origin of aviary
Examples from the Web for aviary
For a few moments there had been a noise as of an aviary in commotion in the adjoining room.Fruitfulness
I have seen them alive at Singapore in an aviary, and they are indeed gorgeous.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
But the use to which I was ambitious to put my—or our—conservatory was that of an aviary.The House
One might have supposed one's self at an opera in listening to the voices in my aviary.The Coming Race
Edward Bulwer Lytton
This remark brings us back to the aviary, and its general size.
- a large enclosure in which birds are kept
Word Origin and History for aviary
1570s, from Latin aviarium "place in which birds are kept," neuter of aviarius "of birds," from avis "bird," from PIE *awi- "bird" (cf. Sanskrit vih, Avestan vish "bird," Greek aietos "eagle").