noun, plural aer·ies.
Origin of aerie
Examples from the Web for aerie
The great panorama of the Gulf lay unfolded beneath their aerie.Terry|Charles Goff Thomson
Its aerie is about two yards wide, and is generally situated in the forests bordering on the sea or great lakes.Reptiles and Birds|Louis Figuier
We slept soundly in our cave, and at the earliest dawn clambered back into our aerie.In the Eastern Seas|W.H.G. Kingston
From this aerie Hal could glimpse a bit of the village; the prim church spire; the tiny, far gravestones sleeping on Croft Hill.Cursed|George Allan England
An eagle builds its aerie or nest upon a crag or inaccessible height above ordinary birds.Selections From American Poetry|Various
British Dictionary definitions for aerie
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."