Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of aerie.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bird of prey's nest.
  • n. Any high and remote but commanding place.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The nest of a bird of prey or other large bird that builds in a lofty place; aerie.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Old spellings of aery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the lofty nest of a bird of prey (such as a hawk or eagle)
  • n. any habitation at a high altitude

Etymologies

From Old French aire or Medieval Latin aeria. Old French aire, in the sense of an eagle's nest, may have derived from Latin ager, or may less likely be related to the other senses, ultimately from Latin ārea. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He chooses for his home a cave or natural hole on the face of a high cliff; this is called the eyrie, and here he gathers together sticks, and odds and ends to make a kind of bedding for his young.

    The Children's Book of London

  • In each case the eyrie was a flat platform of sticks about twice the size of a kite's nest.

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India

  • Z has posted pictures from his "eyrie", as he calls it.

    How to make someone homesick

  • The sole survivor of three chicks hatched by a record-breaking pair of ospreys has taken its first tentative flight from its eyrie in Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland.

    Treetop CCTV captures the first flight of an osprey chick

  • Records were broken in 2009 when a pair of adult birds fledged three chicks from a clutch of three eggs hatched in the eyrie.

    Treetop CCTV captures the first flight of an osprey chick

  • From the eyrie on the face of the rock Grief could see nothing for another hour, when the Rattler appeared, making for the passage.

    THE DEVILS OF FUATINO

  • The noise likewise eased down, and the others could hear Donald shouting from his eyrie to look down - stream.

    AT THE RAINBOW'S END

  • From his eyrie he waved his hand to Captain Lynch, and that doughty patriarch waved back.

    THE HOUSE OF MAPUHI

  • Farther along the curve, in plain view from my eyrie, carved out of the living rock, were four colossal figures.

    Chapter 12

  • The field glowed like rough gold in the approaching sunset, and near the middle of it stood a solitary great redwood, with blasted top suggesting a nesting eyrie for eagles.

    CHAPTER XVII

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