ethereal; aerial.
the nest of a bird of prey, as an eagle or a hawk.
a lofty nest of any large bird.
a house, fortress, or the like, located high on a hill or mountain.
Obsolete. the brood in a nest, especially of a bird of prey.
Historical Examples

Not Age but Youth of centuries smiles from gray walls and aery pinnacles upon the joyous children of To-day.
The Invader Margaret L. Woods

The aery of the Yosemite eagle is the most sublimely defiant of things built by bird, or beast, or man.
Roof and Meadow Dallas Lore Sharp

The sunset begins to burn red behind Magdalen Tower, all the towers and aery pinnacles rise blue yet distinct against it.
The Invader Margaret L. Woods

Seizing in his hand his club of heavy knotted oak, he seeks with swift pace the aery mountain steep.
The Aeneid of Virgil Virgil

She spoke; but the other sped lightly down the aery sky, girt about with dark whirlwind on her echoing way.
The Aeneid of Virgil Virgil

The lovers, now that in an aery body they must sorrow for unconsummated love, are ‘tangled up as the grass patterns are tangled.’
Certain Noble Plays of Japan Ezra Pound

adjective (poetic)
a variant spelling of airy
lofty, insubstantial, or visionary
noun (pl) aeries
a variant spelling of eyrie
a variant spelling (esp US) of eyrie

“eagle’s nest,” 1580s (attested in Anglo-Latin from early 13c.), from Old French aire “nest,” Medieval Latin area “nest of a bird of prey” (12c.), perhaps from Latin area “level ground, garden bed” [Littré], though some doubt this [Klein]. Another theory connects it to atrium. Formerly misspelled eyrie (1660s) on the mistaken assumption that it derived from Middle English ey “egg.”


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