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or aery, eyrie, eyry

[air-ee, eer-ee] /ˈɛər i, ˈɪər i/
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.
Obsolete. the brood in a nest, especially of a bird of prey.
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 confused
aerie, airy.
aerie, eerie, Erie. Unabridged
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  • In the Fero Isles an Eagle flew away with a child (which its mother had left for a few moments), and bore it off to its aerie.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • Slowly he climbed the steep and crooked trail to their aerie at the peak.

    Foes in Ambush Charles King
  • Its aerie, which is of considerable dimensions, it builds amongst the most inaccessible rocks.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • He was in a very eagle's aerie; the upper rim of Khinian's gorge seemed not more than a quarter of a mile above him.

  • Seeing the blaze from his aerie on the island, Putnam attacked the fire as he always attacked the enemy, with impetuosity.

    "Old Put" The Patriot Frederick A. Ober
  • If he caught one pointing for his aerie, he would block the way and bid her sternly begone.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • And yet the croaking of the frogs may reach the eagle's aerie, and disturb the peace of the heights.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
  • Its aerie is about two yards wide, and is generally situated in the forests bordering on the sea or great lakes.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • From this aerie Hal could glimpse a bit of the village; the prim church spire; the tiny, far gravestones sleeping on Croft Hill.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • We slept soundly in our cave, and at the earliest dawn clambered back into our aerie.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for aerie


/ˈɛərɪ; ˈɪərɪ/
a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for aerie

"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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