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[ak-wuh-lahyn, -lin] /ˈæk wəˌlaɪn, -lɪn/
(of the nose) shaped like an eagle's beak; hooked.
of or like the eagle.
Origin of aquiline
1640-50; (< F) < Latin aquilīnus. See Aquila, -ine1
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[ak-wuh-lin-i-tee] /ˌæk wəˈlɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aquiline
  • She had hoped to convey her admiration for his aquiline nose.
  • With deep-set eyes and an aquiline nose, she patrols her sidewalk tables with authority.
  • Her features were fine, her nose aquiline and dignified.
  • He had thick iron-gray hair and a dark mustache and aquiline nose.
  • His aquiline nose, extended ears and penetrating eyes ensure that nothing can escape him.
  • The full-length figure, with its delicate aquiline nose and folded arms, is by an unknown creator.
  • He had a handsome, well-proportioned face with a slightly aquiline nose and high forehead.
  • His nose is somewhat aquiline, his expression is keen and searching, and from his sharp eyes nothing escapes detection.
British Dictionary definitions for aquiline


(of a nose) having the curved or hooked shape of an eagle's beak
of or resembling an eagle
Word Origin
C17: from Latin aquilīnus, from aquila eagle
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Word Origin and History for aquiline

"curved like an eagle's beak," 1640s, originally in English in reference to long, hooked noses, from Latin aquilinus "of or like an eagle," from aquila "eagle," of uncertain origin, usually explained as "the dark bird;" cf. aquilus "blackish, of the color of darkness."

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