[ak-wuh-lahyn, -lin]


(of the nose) shaped like an eagle's beak; hooked.
of or like the eagle.

Origin of aquiline

1640–50; (< F) < Latin aquilīnus. See Aquila, -ine1
Related formsaq·ui·lin·i·ty [ak-wuh-lin-i-tee] /ˌæk wəˈlɪn ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of aquiline

  • His nose was aquiline, his forehead high and square, his chin massive.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • There was something so unyielding in the keen, aquiline nose and pointed chin.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Her eyes were large and deeply blue; her nose small, but high and aquiline.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • But except for the accident that both outlines were aquiline, they had little in common.

  • An aquiline nose is one hooked like the beak which belongs to an eagle.


    Elmer W. Cavins

British Dictionary definitions for aquiline



(of a nose) having the curved or hooked shape of an eagle's beak
of or resembling an eagle

Word Origin for aquiline

C17: from Latin aquilīnus, from aquila eagle
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Word Origin and History for aquiline

"curved like an eagle's beak," 1640s, originally in English in reference to long, hooked noses, from Latin aquilinus "of or like an eagle," from aquila "eagle," of uncertain origin, usually explained as "the dark bird;" cf. aquilus "blackish, of the color of darkness."

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