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or eyry

[air-ee, eer-ee] /ˈɛər i, ˈɪər i/


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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Looking fearfully from her eyrie, Olivia saw the band had neared the foot of the cliffs.

    Shadows in the Moonlight Robert E. Howard
  • And there springs Radicofani, the eagle's eyrie of a brigand brood.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • It seemed to Leigh, looking from his eyrie, that Nature had never before painted a panorama of such wondrous beauty.

    The Mayor of Warwick Herbert M. Hopkins
  • Not for a moment, then, did our hunters think of climbing up to their eyrie.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • The peregrines have the eagles' eyrie, and are only eagles in miniature.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • He described the meeting by the eyrie and repeated the dialogue as he remembered it.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • From this eyrie the whole wonderful Valley of Mexico could be surveyed.

  • The Leipzig, itself, like the Schwaben, is a hawk's nest or eyrie.

    The Old Front Line John Masefield
British Dictionary definitions for eyrie


/ˈɪərɪ; ˈɛərɪ; ˈaɪərɪ/
the nest of an eagle or other bird of prey, built in a high inaccessible place
the brood of a bird of prey, esp an eagle
any high isolated position or place
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin airea, from Latin ārea open field, hence nest


/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 eyrie

see 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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