Aerie Ae"rie (?; 277), n. [OE. aire, eire, air, nest, also origin, descent, OF. aire, LL. area, aera, nest of a bird of prey, perh. fr. L. area an open space (for birds of prey like to build their nests on flat and open spaces on the top of high rocks). Cf. {Area}.] The nest of a bird of prey, as of an eagle or hawk; also a brood of such birds; eyrie. --Shak. Also fig.: A human residence or resting place perched like an eagle's nest. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(of a bird of prey) / (of birds of prey)

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  • aerie — (n.) eagle s nest, 1580s (attested in Anglo Latin from early 13c.), from O.Fr. aire nest, M.L. area nest of a bird of prey (12c.), perhaps from L. area level ground, garden bed [Littré], though some doubt this [Klein]. Another theory connects it… …   Etymology dictionary

  • aerie — aerie, aery (nest of a bird of prey) see eyrie …   Modern English usage

  • aerie — (esp. Brit. eyrie) ► NOUN ▪ a large nest of an eagle or other bird of prey, typically built high in a tree or on a cliff. ORIGIN probably from Old French aire, from Latin area level piece of ground , later nest of a bird of prey …   English terms dictionary

  • aerie — [ā′ər ē, ē′rē, er′ē, ir′ē] n. [ME eire, aire < OFr aire < ML aeria, area, prob. ult. < L ager, field (see ACRE), but sp. & meaning infl. by L aer, air & ME ei, egg] 1. the nest of an eagle or other bird of prey that builds in a high… …   English World dictionary

  • Aerie — An aerie is a nest of an eagle or other bird of prey, built at a high altitude.Aerie or eyrie may also refer to:* Aerie , a 1972 album by John Denver * Aerie, a fictional character in the computer game Baldur s Gate II * The Eyrie, a castle in… …   Wikipedia

  • aerie — /air ee, ear ee/, n. 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. Obs. the brood in a nest, esp. of a bird of prey. Also, aery,… …   Universalium

  • aerie — also aery noun Etymology: Medieval Latin aerea, from Old French aire, probably from Vulgar Latin *agrum origin, nest, lair, from Latin ager field more at acre Date: 1554 1. the nest of a bird on a cliff or a mountaintop 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aerie — noun a) Alternative form of eyrie. b) A Local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles …   Wiktionary

  • AERIE — Allerion, Inc. (Business » NASDAQ Symbols) …   Abbreviations dictionary

  • aerie — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. [AIR ee] nest, perch, lookout, home …   English dictionary for students

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