aerie

[air-ee, eer-ee]
noun
1.
the nest of a bird of prey, as an eagle or a hawk.
2.
a lofty nest of any large bird.
3.
a house, fortress, or the like, located high on a hill or mountain.
4.
Obsolete. the brood in a nest, especially of a bird of prey.
Also, aery, eyrie, eyry.


Origin:
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

1. aerie, airy ; 2. aerie, eerie, Erie.
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aerie (ˈɛərɪ, ˈɪərɪ)
 
n
a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie

eyrie or aerie (ˈɪərɪ, ˈɛərɪ, ˈaɪərɪ)
 
n
1.  the nest of an eagle or other bird of prey, built in a high inaccessible place
2.  the brood of a bird of prey, esp an eagle
3.  any high isolated position or place
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin airea, from Latin ārea open field, hence nest]
 
aerie or aerie
 
n
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin airea, from Latin ārea open field, hence nest]

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aerie
"eagle's nest," 1580s (attested in Anglo-L. from early 13c.), from O.Fr. aire, from L.L. area "nest of a bird of prey," perhaps from L. area "level ground, garden bed," though some doubt this. Another theory connects it to atrium. Formerly misspelled eyrie (1660s) on the
mistaken assumption that it derived from M.E. ey "egg."
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Refugees from aerie offices jostle for their ration of steak.
Each year, a succession of debutante receptions were held in the spacious aerie.
Ill, they could have installed themselves in the kind of sleek, plush aerie
  favored by many of their art-collector peers.
The mountaintop aerie of the story's villainous drug-dealing industrialist is
  one of numerous well-shot, well-chosen settings.
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