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aerie

or aer·y

[air-ee, eer-ee]
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noun, plural aer·ies.
  1. the nest of a bird of prey, as an eagle or a hawk.
  2. a lofty nest of any large bird.
  3. a house, fortress, or the like, located high on a hill or mountain.
  4. an apartment or office on a high floor in a high-rise building: a penthouse aerie with a spectacular view.
  5. Obsolete. the brood in a nest, especially of a bird of prey.
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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

aery2

[air-ee, eer-ee]
noun, plural aer·ies.
  1. aerie.
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Examples from the Web for aeries

Historical Examples

  • They lay their eggs, which are generally of an oval shape, in rude nests called "aeries."

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for aeries

aerie

noun
  1. a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie
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aery1

adjective poetic
  1. a variant spelling of airy
  2. lofty, insubstantial, or visionary
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Word Origin

C16: via Latin from Greek aērios, from aēr air

aery2

noun plural aeries
  1. a variant spelling of eyrie
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Word Origin and History for aeries

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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