Definition of aquiline
1 : curving like an eagle's beak an aquiline nose
2 : of, relating to, or resembling an eagle
aquilinityplay \ˌa-kwə-ˈli-nə-tē\ noun
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His lighter skin and aquiline facial features put him in sort of a racial crossroads between Semitic and southern Africa.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of aquiline
Latin aquilinus, from aquila eagle
First Known Use: 1646See Words from the same year
AQUILINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aquiline for English Language Learners
: curving like an eagle's beak
: like an eagle
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