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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Definitions for aerie

  1. an apartment or office on a high floor in a high-rise building: a penthouse aerie with a spectacular view.
  2. the nest of a bird of prey, as an eagle or a hawk.
  3. a lofty nest of any large bird.

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Citations for aerie
This impressive penthouse aerie is hogged by five emergency generators. David W. Dunlap, "Building to the Sky, With a Plan for Rising Waters," New York Times, January 26, 2017
Salvatore was enjoying his regular evening's caffè corretto when pounding footsteps on the stairs to his aerie caused him to turn from his view of the city. Elizabeth George, Just One Evil Act, 2013
Origin of aerie
1575-1585
Everything about aerie is confusing: its spellings, its pronunciations, its meanings. So it is only consistent that the etymology of aerie is also confusing. Aerie comes from a Medieval Latin noun with many spellings: aerea, aeira, airea, aeria (feminine); aerius, erius (masculine); or ayerium (neuter) “nest or brood of a bird of prey.” The many Latin forms show confusion with or contamination from Latin ārea “level ground, area” and āerius, a borrowing from Greek meaning “airy, aerial.” All of the Latin forms are Latinizations of Old French aire, ere, and haire (among other forms) “nest of a predatory bird, kind, stock, family,” itself of uncertain origin. The Old French forms may derive from Latin ager “field,” or from agrum “nest,” an unattested Vulgar Latin derivative of Latin ager. Aerie entered English in the 16th century.