Definition of aquiline
- an aquiline nose
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.
First Known Use: 1646See Words from the same year
: curving like an eagle's beak
: like an eagle
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