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Recent Examples of aerie from the Web
Liang and Lin crawled into the temple’s most forbidding, forgotten areas to determine its age, including one aerie inhabited by thousands of bats and millions of bedbugs, covered in dust and littered with dead bats.
Some stylish aeries come with skylights, TV and compostable toilets.
But there’s no room inside Aon for an elevator leading to the aerie, so 601W charged Chicago architects Solomon Cordwell Buenz with putting one on the outside.
The 14th-floor aerie was ringed by wide windows and looked out on a clear but chilly day.
His aerie totals 10,923 square feet, with six bedrooms and six bathrooms, according to an offering plan for the project.
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This 4,019-square-foot aerie, which is 822 feet up the 96-story, 1,396-foot-tall building, has three bedrooms and four and a half baths.
In his spacious aerie in Hearst’s Midtown Manhattan tower, Mr. Carey displays trinkets of an earlier, more glamorous magazine age.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of aerie
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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