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 to ATRIUM (Cf. atrium). Formerly misspelled eyrie (1660s) on the mistaken assumption that it derived from Middle English ey "egg."

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

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  • 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) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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

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