[ ak-wuh-lahyn, -lin ]
/ ˈæk wəˌlaɪn, -lɪn /


(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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British Dictionary definitions for aquiline


/ (ˈækwɪˌlaɪn) /


(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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