aerie[ā′ər ē, ē′rē, er′ē, ir′ē]
- The definition of an aerie is a nest built in a high place such as by a bird of prey.
A nest built high on a cliff by a vulture is an example of an aerie.
Young aeries, or baby eagles in their nest with mother eagle.
- the nest of an eagle or other bird of prey that builds in a high place
- a house or stronghold on a high place
- Obsolete the young of an eagle, hawk, etc., in the nest
Origin of aerieMiddle English eire, aire ; from Old French aire ; from Medieval Latin aeria, area, probably ultimately ; from Classical Latin ager, field (see acre), but spelling, spelled and amp; meaning influenced, influence by Classical Latin aer, air and amp; Middle English ei, egg
or aer·y also ey·rie or ey·ry
nounpl. aer·ies also ey·ries
- The nest of a bird, such as an eagle, built on a cliff or other high place.
- A house or stronghold perched on a height.
Origin of aerieMedieval Latin aeria, from Old French aire, aerie, origin, family (probably influenced by Latin ārea, open space, threshing floor, and āerius, aerial), from Latin ager, field; see agro- in Indo-European roots.
- Alternative form of eyrie.
- A Local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.