Definition of eyrie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪəri/
Pronunciation: /ˈʌɪri/
Pronunciation: /ˈɛːri/
(North American also aerie)


1A large nest of an eagle or other bird of prey, built high in a tree or on a cliff.
Example sentences
  • Bald Eagles build large stick nests called eyries in tall trees or on cliffs.
  • It dens down in rocky cairns, under tree roots, sometimes even in the disused eyries of a golden eagle.
  • Similarly, the police have three hundred and sixty degree visibility over their patch, like eagles in an eyrie.
1.1A high or inaccessible place from which someone can observe what is below them: his 40th floor eyrie in the tallest office building in Portland


Late 15th century: from medieval Latin aeria, aerea, eyria, probably from Old French aire, from Latin area 'level piece of ground', in late Latin 'nest of a bird of prey'.

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