Definition of aquiline in English:

aquiline

adjective

  • 1Like an eagle.

    • ‘The aquiline visage of our figure is not that of an old man, while the richness of his dress seems to indicate that, if he is a peasant or servant, he is no ordinary one.’
    • ‘Devin's fair and aquiline features were highlighted silver in the moonlit night.’
    • ‘His delicate, aquiline face was full of controlled emotion.’
    • ‘His face was chiselled and aquiline, with an aristocratic bearing.’
    • ‘In life, Maxwell was lean, wiry, with an aquiline handsomeness that became impressively hawklike in old age.’
    • ‘I turn around, in time to see a look of utter disgust evaporate off his aquiline features.’
    • ‘With his aquiline profile, unfashionable dress, strange accent and flowing locks of chestnut-brown hair, John James Audubon must have drawn curious stares from onlookers.’
    • ‘Deep creases furrowed on his weather beaten aquiline face.’
    • ‘A pair of short, pointed ears were on the upper rear portion of its long, aquiline skull.’
    • ‘It pleased him in a strange way to see the shock on her arrogant, aquiline face.’
    • ‘The Somalis are tall and wiry in stature, with aquiline features, elongated heads, and light brown to black skin.’
    • ‘Forster looks as handsomely out-of-place as he ever has, aquiline and arch in a white linen suit.’
    • ‘The septuagenarian was tall, with aquiline good looks, and a charm backed by erudition.’
    • ‘The sunlight tinged everything dully orange, its rays sifting through an ever-present layer of dust, and in it her aquiline profile was haloed in gold.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person's nose) hooked or curved like an eagle's beak.
      • ‘Her nose narrowed and took on an aquiline cast, while her forehead receded from her brow.’
      • ‘She was compassionate and spontaneous - a handsome if not conventionally beautiful woman with hazel eyes and a distinctive aquiline nose.’
      • ‘With his fair hair, strong jaw line, light blue eyes and aquiline nose, he could easily have just walked out of the Scottish Highlands and into the bar at London's Marriott Hotel.’
      • ‘The man's skin was almost as parchment-like as Lord Scion's was, and an aquiline nose jutted out from the man's bony cheeks.’
      • ‘Only five feet tall, she was plump, with an aquiline nose and large eyes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Today his tall frame is clad in a shirt with notably large blue checks; his jet black hair is immaculately cut, setting off a strong, aquiline nose.’
      • ‘The prominent nasal bones in Neandertal skulls top wide nasal openings, suggesting that they sported large, aquiline noses.’
      • ‘All you see are his twinkling eyes and the top of an aquiline nose.’
      • ‘It is sensitively modeled to portray the aquiline nose and almond-shaped eyes of the king.’
      • ‘Wayne replied gently as he placed Grandma Eva's cola-framed spectacles on top of her aquiline nose.’
      • ‘There's the bold, aquiline nose, to be sure; the high, intelligent forehead and strong chin.’
      • ‘Her nose was aquiline, and fit her face perfectly.’
      • ‘It was an almost unreasonably handsome face, the sharp chiseled cheekbones and slightly aquiline nose lending it an air of aristocracy she had not expected to find in a small Virginia town in the middle of nowhere.’
      • ‘The girl had a lovely face with an aquiline nose, a broad full mouth and eyes like blue sapphires.’
      • ‘Age had ravaged his features, but his nose remained aquiline and his eyes sharp.’
      • ‘His nose was aquiline and thin, but not too long.’
      • ‘His teeth were very even and his nose aquiline - almost sharp.’
      • ‘She stared at the crowd with enormous owl-like eyes that blinked in mechanical measure just above a slight aquiline nose.’
      • ‘She took note of his strong aquiline nose and his blue eyes sparkling with amusement.’
      hooked, curved, hook-shaped, hook-like, bent, bowed, angular
      falcate, falciform
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

aquiline

/ˈakwɪlʌɪn/