- ethereal; aerial.
Origin of aery1
- 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.
Origin of aerie
Examples from the Web for aery
The aery of the Yosemite eagle is the most sublimely defiant of things built by bird, or beast, or man.Roof and Meadow
Dallas Lore Sharp
Seizing in his hand his club of heavy knotted oak, he seeks with swift pace the aery mountain steep.
She spoke; but the other sped lightly down the aery sky, girt about with dark whirlwind on her echoing way.
The sunset begins to burn red behind Magdalen Tower, all the towers and aery pinnacles rise blue yet distinct against it.
Not Age but Youth of centuries smiles from gray walls and aery pinnacles upon the joyous children of To-day.
- a variant spelling of airy
- lofty, insubstantial, or visionary
- a variant spelling of eyrie
- a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie
Word Origin and History for aery
"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."