aq·​ui·​line | \ ˈa-kwə-ˌlīn How to pronounce aquiline (audio) , -lən \

Definition of aquiline

1 : curving like an eagle's beak an aquiline nose
2 : of, relating to, or resembling an eagle

Other Words from aquiline

aquilinity \ ˌa-​kwə-​ˈli-​nə-​tē How to pronounce aquiline (audio) \ noun

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Aquiline, from the Latin word meaning "eagle", is most often used to describe a nose that has a broad curve and is slightly hooked, like a beak. The aquiline figure on the U.S. seal brandishes the arrows of war and the olive branch of peace. The word for eagle itself, Aquila, has been given to a constellation in the northern hemisphere.

Examples of aquiline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pessoa had the aquiline Semitic features of his late father’s side, which included Jewish conversos frog-marched into Christianity during the Inquisition. Benjamin Kunkel, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 The lean face, aquiline nose, piercing eyes — all are here from the beginning. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of aquiline

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aquiline

Latin aquilinus, from aquila eagle

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“Aquiline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of aquiline

: curving like an eagle's beak
: like an eagle

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