- 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 eyries
Historical Examples of eyries
The eagles have been dislodged from their eyries on Eagle Crag.From Gretna Green to Land's End
Katharine Lee Bates
No, owls and impure birds do not make their nests in the eyries of eagles.The Adventurers
The birds went back to their eyries, and the troubled water was still.King Alfred's Viking
Charles W. Whistler
Some of their eyries appeared absolutely inaccessible to any creature unendowed with wings.Unexplored Spain
Flanked by sheer precipices, it was reached only by two narrow paths enfiladed by watch-towers, eyries, and batteries of boulders.The Inca Emerald
- a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie
- the nest of an eagle or other bird of prey, built in a high inaccessible place
- the brood of a bird of prey, esp an eagle
- any high isolated position or place
Word Origin for eyrie
"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."