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.
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 confused

aerie airyaerie eerie Erie

Definition for aeries (2 of 2)

aery

2
[ air-ee, eer-ee ]
/ ˈɛər i, ˈɪər i /

noun, plural aer·ies.

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Examples from the Web for aeries

  • We have no right to call in a aeries of miracles to solve difficulties of which the writer was unconscious.

    The Bible: what it is|Charles Bradlaugh
  • They lay their eggs, which are generally of an oval shape, in rude nests called "aeries."

    Reptiles and Birds|Louis Figuier

British Dictionary definitions for aeries (1 of 3)

aerie

/ (ˈɛərɪ, ˈɪərɪ) /

noun

a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie

British Dictionary definitions for aeries (2 of 3)

aery

1
/ (ˈɛərɪ, ˈeɪərɪ) /

adjective poetic

a variant spelling of airy
lofty, insubstantial, or visionary

Word Origin for aery

C16: via Latin from Greek aērios, from aēr air

British Dictionary definitions for aeries (3 of 3)

aery

2
/ (ˈɛərɪ, ˈɪərɪ) /

noun plural aeries

a variant spelling of eyrie
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