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[ey-vee-er-ee] /ˈeɪ viˌɛr i/
noun, plural aviaries.
a large cage or a house or enclosure in which birds are kept.
Origin of aviary
1570-80; < Latin aviārium a place where birds are kept, noun use of neuter of aviārius pertaining to birds. See avi-, -ary
Related forms
[ey-vee-uh-rist] /ˈeɪ vi ə rɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for aviary
Historical Examples
  • For a few moments there had been a noise as of an aviary in commotion in the adjoining room.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • 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

    Eugene Field
  • 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.

  • In England this species has been made to breed in an aviary.

  • The aviary at Yorke-house was built by his lordship; it did cost 300li.

  • The best of all is an aviary where they can move as freely as if they were out-of-doors.

  • I could thus watch the doings of the latest additions to my aviary.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • The air was thronged with birds, and every tree was an aviary.

    The Kangaroo Hunters

    Anne Bowman
British Dictionary definitions for aviary


noun (pl) aviaries
a large enclosure in which birds are kept
Word Origin
C16: from Latin aviārium, from aviārius concerning birds, from avis bird
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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").

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