- 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 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.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 1 (of 2)
- 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 and History for eyry
"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."