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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.
This impressive penthouse aerie is hogged by five emergency generators.
Scholars have documented how Oñate oversaw atrocities that included the killing of 800 people in Acoma Pueblo, an ancient adobe aerie atop a 357-foot-tall sandstone mesa where the Acoma people still live today.
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.
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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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