Definition of aquiline in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈakwəˌlīn/
Pronunciation: /ˈakwəˌlin/


1Like an eagle.
Example sentences
  • Mr. Carmichael was a tall man, well over six feet, and slender, with aquiline features and dark hair perfectly oiled and combed into sleek lines rising from his high, strong forehead.
  • It pleased him in a strange way to see the shock on her arrogant, aquiline face.
  • A pair of short, pointed ears were on the upper rear portion of its long, aquiline skull.
1.1(Of a person’s nose) hooked or curved like an eagle’s beak.
Example sentences
  • The new vocation would draw upon his curiosity, but mainly on his looks, his special features: the characteristic oval face, aquiline nose and shocking white beard.
  • All you see are his twinkling eyes and the top of an aquiline nose.
  • She stared at the crowd with enormous owl-like eyes that blinked in mechanical measure just above a slight aquiline nose.
hooked, curved, bent, angular, Roman;
beaklike, beaky


Mid 17th century: from Latin aquilinus, from aquila 'eagle'.

  • eagle from Middle English:

    Eagle comes from Old French aigle which came in turn from Latin aquila ‘eagle’ also the source of aquiline (mid 17th century)—an aquiline nose is hooked like an eagle's beak. Renowned for its keen sight and soaring flight, the eagle is considered the king of birds. The bald eagle is the emblem of the USA, and Eagle was the name of the lunar module during the first moon landing, on 20 July 1969. The phrase the eagle has landed was said by astronaut Neil Armstrong on that day: ‘Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.’ It was later used by Jack Higgins as the title of his 1975 thriller about an attempt to assassinate Winston Churchill. See also bird

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Syllabification: aq·ui·line

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