avi·​ary | \ ˈā-vē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce aviary (audio) , -ˌe-rē \
plural aviaries

Definition of aviary

: a place for keeping birds confined

Examples of aviary in a Sentence

The zoo has a new outdoor aviary.
Recent Examples on the Web Some of the birds in the aviary, however, are less enthusiastic. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 In 2003, the first nestling fledged outside of an aviary since 1981. Jak Wonderly, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 May 2021 Local governments in New Zealand paid bounties for killing kea until the practice was ended in 1970, according to a news release from the aviary. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Apr. 2021 On the other hand, some of the birds in the aviary — including sandpipers, snowy plovers and oystercatchers — might need more time to adjust to visitors. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 Romantic vacations to places like the Caribbean and Mexico had the couple meeting exotic birds and finding excuses to go back and see them again, until building their own aviary became a reality. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, 6 May 2021 Admission to the aviary is $11.95 for adults and $7.95 for kids under 13. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Apr. 2021 The 7-year-old male, known as AC-9, was driven to the Wild Animal Park, where it was examined by a veterinarian and then released into a quarantine aviary. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2021 The Piney Run Recreation and Conservation Council raised money for a new aviary after the former bird enclosures wore out of shape after over a decade. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of aviary

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aviary

Latin aviarium, from avis bird; akin to Greek aetos eagle

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4 Jun 2021

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“Aviary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aviary. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aviary

: a place (such as a large cage or a building) where many birds are kept


avi·​ary | \ ˈā-vē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce aviary (audio) \
plural aviaries

Kids Definition of aviary

: a place (as a large cage or a building) where birds are kept

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