noun, plural a·vi·ar·ies.

a large cage or a house or enclosure in which birds are kept.


Origin of aviary

1570–80; < Latin aviārium a place where birds are kept, noun use of neuter of aviārius pertaining to birds. See avi-, -ary
Related formsa·vi·a·rist [ey-vee-uh-rist] /ˈeɪ vi ə rɪst/, noun
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Examples from the Web for aviary

Historical Examples of aviary

  • For a few moments there had been a noise as of an aviary in commotion in the adjoining room.


    Emile Zola

  • I have seen them alive at Singapore in an aviary, and they are indeed gorgeous.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • But the use to which I was ambitious to put my—or our—conservatory was that of an aviary.

    The House

    Eugene Field

  • One might have supposed one's self at an opera in listening to the voices in my aviary.

    The Coming Race

    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • This remark brings us back to the aviary, and its general size.

British Dictionary definitions for aviary


noun plural aviaries

a large enclosure in which birds are kept

Word Origin for aviary

C16: from Latin aviārium, from aviārius concerning birds, from avis bird
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Word Origin and History for aviary

1570s, from Latin aviarium "place in which birds are kept," neuter of aviarius "of birds," from avis "bird," from PIE *awi- "bird" (cf. Sanskrit vih, Avestan vish "bird," Greek aietos "eagle").

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