aery

1

or aër·y

[air-ee, ey-uh-ree]

adjective, aer·i·er, aer·i·est.

ethereal; aerial.

Nearby words

  1. aerotow,
  2. aerotrain,
  3. aerotropism,
  4. aeruginous,
  5. aerugo,
  6. aes,
  7. aeschines,
  8. aeschylean,
  9. aeschylus,
  10. aesculapian

Origin of aery

1
1580–90; < Latin āerius < Greek āérios, equivalent to āer- aer- + -ios adj. suffix

Related formsaer·i·ly, adverb

aery

2
[air-ee, eer-ee]

noun, plural aer·ies.

aerie

or aer·y

[air-ee, eer-ee]

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 confusedaerie airyaerie eerie Erie

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British Dictionary definitions for aery

aery

1

adjective poetic

a variant spelling of airy
lofty, insubstantial, or visionary

Word Origin for aery

C16: via Latin from Greek aērios, from aēr air

noun plural aeries

a variant spelling of eyrie

aerie

noun

a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie
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Word Origin and History for aery

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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