Definition of aquiline in English:


Syllabification: aq·ui·line
Pronunciation: /ˈakwəˌlīn, -lin


  • 1Like an eagle.
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    • 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.
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    • 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'.

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