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(also eyrie)
  • A large nest of a bird of prey, especially an eagle, typically built high in a tree or on a cliff.

    ‘At the aerie, under a rock ledge high above, two big gray chicks were still hunched on the nest.’
    • ‘Aristophanes' neck arched above her like an eagle staring down from his aerie.’
    • ‘The King of Eagles carried me to his aerie in the mountains, and left me alone to heal as much as I could.’
    • ‘His aerie of rare birds was haunting and a very clever visual.’
    • ‘Only two companies remain to guard the aerie.’
    roost, eyrie



/ˈerē/ /ˈɛri/ /ˈirē/ /ˈɪri/


Late 15th century from medieval Latin aeria, aerea, eyria, probably from Old French aire, from Latin area ‘level piece of ground’, in late Latin ‘nest of a bird of prey’.