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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH aerie

aerie airyaerie eerie Erie

Definition for eyry (2 of 2)

eyrie

or eyr·y

[ air-ee, eer-ee ]
/ ˈɛər i, ˈɪər i /

noun, plural eyr·ies.

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British Dictionary definitions for eyry (1 of 2)

aerie
/ (ˈɛərɪ, ˈɪərɪ) /

noun

a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie

British Dictionary definitions for eyry (2 of 2)

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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