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: They felt protected from invaders in the hilltop aerie.
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.

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Also eyr·ie, eyr·y .

Origin of aerie

First recorded in 1575–85; from Anglo-French, Old French airie, equivalent to aire (from Latin ager “field,” presumably “nest” in Vulgar Latin ) + ie; see origin at acre, -y3; compare Medieval Latin aerea, aeria “aerie, brood,” from Old French aire

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH aerie

1. aerie , airy2. aerie , eerie
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Example sentences from the Web for aerie

  • 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 aerie

aerie
/ (ˈɛərɪ, ˈɪərɪ) /

noun

a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie
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