Definition of eyrie noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially British English) (usually North American English aerie) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈɪəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪri//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈeəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeri//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈaɪəri//
    jump to other results
  1. 1a nest that is built high up among rocks by a bird of prey (= a bird that kills other creatures for food) such as an eagle
  2. 2a room or building in a high place, especially one that is difficult to reach and from which somebody can see what is happening below
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent.: 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’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: eyrie