Definition of aerie
1 : the nest of a bird on a cliff or a mountaintop
2 obsolete : a brood of birds of prey
3 : an elevated often secluded dwelling, structure, or position
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Recent Examples of aerie from the Web
Then there's the price for the luxury aerie, which was put on the market June 21 and remains the most expensive of the building's units for sale: $2.35 million.
Dabney Tompkins and Alan Colley, owners of the aerie called Summit Prairie Lookout, have created the comforts of home in a fortress that's up four flights of stairs and surrounded by the Umpqua National Forest.
From his aerie in the gilded ceiling of the vast Metropolitan Opera House, just behind the Sputnik chandeliers and some six stories above the stage, Tim Guscott fixed Anna Netrebko in his sights.
Chorus soprano Alison Wahl floated her brief solo lines appealingly from her aerie in the lower balcony.
Seen from sophisticated aeries such as New York or London, their politics have often seemed clownish and tinhorn.
There were 20 dark blue boxes there in an otherwise clutter-free aerie given over to Modernist furniture, coffee table books and art.
The lawyer slumped, defeated, and set himself to the final assault on Angel's aerie.
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Did You Know?
English poet John Milton put a variant of "aerie" to good use in Paradise Lost (1667), writing "...there the eagle and the stork / On cliffs and cedar tops their eyries build." But Milton wasn't the first to use the term, which comes to us via Medieval Latin and Old French and probably traces to an earlier Latin word for "nest" or "lair." English speakers had been employing "aerie" as a word for "bird's nest" for more than a century when Milton penned those words. Eventually, "aerie" was applied to human dwellings as well as birds' nests. At first, this sense referred to dwellings nestled high up in mountains or hills. These days, you're also likely to hear high-rise city apartments or offices referred to as "aeries."
AERIE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aerie for English Language Learners
: the nest of a bird (such as an eagle or hawk) built high up on a cliff or on the top of a mountain
: a room or building built high up so that people inside can see things happening below them
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