- 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.
Origin of aerie
Examples from the Web for aerie
The great panorama of the Gulf lay unfolded beneath their aerie.Terry
Charles Goff Thomson
Dr. Jones and Will now returned from their aerie, the observatory.Doctor Jones' Picnic
S. E. Chapman
Slowly he climbed the steep and crooked trail to their aerie at the peak.Foes in Ambush
A single pair for many years had their aerie in the top of a huge dead sycamore tree, near the head of Burnt Ship Bay.The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts
George W. Holley
He was in a very eagle's aerie; the upper rim of Khinian's gorge seemed not more than a quarter of a mile above him.King--of the Khyber Rifles
- a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie
Word Origin and History for 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."