eyrie

or eyr·y

[ air-ee, eer-ee ]
/ ˈɛər i, ˈɪər i /
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noun, plural eyr·ies.


Nearby words

  1. eyot,
  2. eyra,
  3. eyre,
  4. eyre peninsula,
  5. eyre, lake,
  6. eyrir,
  7. eysenck,
  8. eysenck, hans jurgen,
  9. eysk,
  10. ez

aerie

or aer·y

[ air-ee, eer-ee ]
/ ˈɛər i, ˈɪər i /

noun, plural aer·ies.

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.
Also eyrie, eyr·y.

Origin of aerie

1575–85; < Anglo-French, Old French airie, equivalent to aire (< Latin ager field, presumably “nest” in Vulgar Latin; see acre) + ie -y3; compare Medieval Latin aerea, aeria “aerie, brood” < Old French aire

Can be confusedaerie airyaerie eerie Erie

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British Dictionary definitions for eyries

aerie

/ (ˈɛərɪ, ˈɪərɪ) /

noun

a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie

eyrie

aerie

/ (ˈɪərɪ, ˈɛərɪ, ˈaɪərɪ) /

noun

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

C16: from Medieval Latin airea, from Latin ārea open field, hence nest

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