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or eyry

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


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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Examples from the Web for eyries
Historical Examples
  • The eagles have been dislodged from their eyries on Eagle Crag.

    From Gretna Green to Land's End Katharine Lee Bates
  • No, owls and impure birds do not make their nests in the eyries of eagles.

    The Adventurers Gustave Aimard
  • The birds went back to their eyries, and the troubled water was still.

    King Alfred's Viking Charles W. Whistler
  • Some of their eyries appeared absolutely inaccessible to any creature unendowed with wings.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • Flanked by sheer precipices, it was reached only by two narrow paths enfiladed by watch-towers, eyries, and batteries of boulders.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • Their tops, now inaccessible, are to be the future eyries of self-crowned railroad nobs and rude bonanza barons.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • Three of these eyries were situate on abrupt, detached stacks of rock, so easily accessible that we almost "walked" into them.

  • The victorious eagles of the victorious legions had flown to their eyries forever.

  • Gray and Sir Humphrey Davy watched the eagles in their eyries, and the former tells how he saw them robbed of their young.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • The farmers and dalesmen were always careful to plunder the eyries, but not without considerable risk to life and limb.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
British Dictionary definitions for eyries


/ˈɛərɪ; ˈɪərɪ/
a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie


/ˈɪərɪ; ˈɛərɪ; ˈaɪərɪ/
the nest of an eagle or other bird of prey, built in a high inaccessible place
the brood of a bird of prey, esp an eagle
any high isolated position or place
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin airea, from Latin ārea open field, hence nest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for eyries


see 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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