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aerie

[air-ee, eer-ee] /ˈɛər i, ˈɪər i/
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
1575-1585
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.

aery2

[air-ee, eer-ee] /ˈɛər i, ˈɪər i/
noun, plural aeries.
1.
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British Dictionary definitions for aeries

aerie

/ˈɛərɪ; ˈɪərɪ/
noun
1.
a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie

aery1

/ˈɛərɪ; ˈeɪərɪ/
adjective (poetic)
1.
a variant spelling of airy
2.
lofty, insubstantial, or visionary
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek aērios, from aērair

aery2

/ˈɛərɪ; ˈɪərɪ/
noun (pl) aeries
1.
a variant spelling of eyrie
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Word Origin and History for aeries
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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