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or aer·y

[air-ee, eer-ee]
noun, plural aer·ies.
  1. the nest of a bird of prey, as an eagle or a hawk.
  2. a lofty nest of any large bird.
  3. a house, fortress, or the like, located high on a hill or mountain.
  4. an apartment or office on a high floor in a high-rise building: a penthouse aerie with a spectacular view.
  5. Obsolete. the brood in a nest, especially of a bird of prey.
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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


or eyr·y

[air-ee, eer-ee]
noun, plural eyr·ies.
  1. aerie.
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Examples from the Web for eyry

Historical Examples of eyry

  • Like a sulky eagle, sick of the world, I climbed up to my eyry.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • What eyry is it that has cleared for itself this loop-hole in the solid mountain-forest?

    Glimpses of Three Coasts

    Helen Hunt Jackson

  • Not that more sophisticated guests were unknown at this eyry of eyases.

    Bonnie Scotland

    A.R. Hope Moncrieff

  • "The eagle's eyry is not now in the cleft of the rock," said one.

  • Here the eagle has its eyry, and from its point of vantage casts its keen eyes over the plains of India.

British Dictionary definitions for eyry


  1. a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie
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  1. the nest of an eagle or other bird of prey, built in a high inaccessible place
  2. the brood of a bird of prey, esp an eagle
  3. any high isolated position or place
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Word Origin for eyrie

C16: from Medieval Latin airea, from Latin ārea open field, hence nest
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Word Origin and History for eyry


see aerie.

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"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."

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