aerie

or aer·y

[ air-ee, eer-ee ]
/ ˈɛər i, ˈɪər i /

noun, plural aer·ies.

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.

Nearby words

  1. aerial tramway,
  2. aerial yam,
  3. aerialist,
  4. aeriality,
  5. aerially,
  6. aeriferous,
  7. aerification,
  8. aeriform,
  9. aerify,
  10. aero

Also eyrie, eyr·y.

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 confusedaerie airyaerie eerie Erie

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British Dictionary definitions for aerie

aerie

/ (ˈɛərɪ, ˈɪərɪ) /

noun

a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie
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Word Origin and History for aerie

aerie

n.

"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."

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