[roo k-uh-ree]

noun, plural rook·er·ies.

a breeding place or colony of gregarious birds or animals, as penguins and seals.
a colony of rooks.
a place where rooks congregate to breed.
a crowded tenement house.

Origin of rookery

First recorded in 1715–25; rook1 + -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for rookery

hatchery, birthplace, rookery

Examples from the Web for rookery

Contemporary Examples of rookery

  • The polished wood-paneled Rookery Hotel calls itself “Soho in the East” and frankly, that undersells it.

    The Daily Beast logo
    Gal With a Suitcase

    Jolie Hunt

    November 21, 2009

Historical Examples of rookery

  • Our rookery was in the middle swamp a day inland from Talimeco, safe and secret.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • If ever you write a novel, Miss Manvers, mind you have a rookery in it.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • The stream of birds from the rookery was flying in the same direction.

    The Black Phantom

    Leo Edward Miller

  • The proximity of a rookery does not affect all people alike.

    Birds in the Calendar

    Frederick G. Aflalo

  • I called a hackman, for my reading taught me what to do, and I told him to drive me to the Rookery.

    The Jucklins

    Opie Read

British Dictionary definitions for rookery


noun plural -eries

a group of nesting rooks
a clump of trees containing rooks' nests
  1. a breeding ground or communal living area of certain other species of gregarious birds or mammals, esp penguins or seals
  2. a colony of any such creatures
archaic an overcrowded slum tenement building or area of housing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for rookery

"colony of rooks," 1725, from rook (n.1) + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rookery in Science



A place where certain birds or animals, such as crows, penguins, and seals, gather to breed.
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