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Recent Examples of aerie from the Web
Converting the building's upper stories into an exclusive aerie, where foreign financiers dined and drank beneath a mixture of modern art and Maoist iconography, was an audacious coup.
To that end, the Millers steadfastly have avoided using their aerie and its sweeping view of Napa Valley for weddings, carnivals and the like.
For Trump, the elevation may provide a homesick New Yorker a reminder of his old aerie in Manhattan.
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.
The latest to flub this plum commission is the hyperproductive young Argentine sculptor Adrián Villar Rojas, who has filled the museum’s aerie with totems and tables whose forms derive from 3-D scans of objects in its collection.
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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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