Definition of eyrie in English:


(North American aerie)

Pronunciation /ˈɪəri//ˈʌɪri//ˈɛːri/


  • 1A large nest of an eagle or other bird of prey, built high in a tree or on a cliff.

    • ‘Over 100 eyries were known in Britain and at least 50 in Ireland in the middle of the 19th century.’
    • ‘Bald Eagles build large stick nests called eyries in tall trees or on cliffs.’
    • ‘The assumptions that our estimates of the proportion of eyries associated with geese and the proportion of geese that nested with falcons are unbiased can be confirmed only by data collected from other areas.’
    • ‘It dens down in rocky cairns, under tree roots, sometimes even in the disused eyries of a golden eagle.’
    • ‘That impressive collection includes historical images from the 1930s and 1940s of many of the eyries formerly occupied by the eastern ‘duck hawks.’’
    • ‘Similarly, the police have three hundred and sixty degree visibility over their patch, like eagles in an eyrie.’
    • ‘We realised the eyrie was burning and probably the eaglets in danger.’
    • ‘Aristophanes' neck arched above her like an eagle staring down from his aerie.’
    • ‘Banding teams either rappelled or climbed to eyries that contained young.’
    • ‘Only two companies remain to guard the aerie.’
    • ‘The 1995 sample was strongly biased because few falcon eyries were checked, and an unusually large colony of 37 pairs of Red-breasted Geese occurred on an island with no raptors.’
    • ‘Content in its aerie, the leopard gave Rich an ‘odd look’ now and then - a signal that it hadn't forgotten its audience.’
    • ‘We defined a territory as any location to which one or more Peregrine Falcons were attached, irrespective of whether we found an eyrie.’
    • ‘An osprey chick hatched this year took its first flight this weekend from its pine tree eyrie in the Lake District, the organisations involved in watching over the birds announced yesterday.’
    • ‘At the aerie, under a rock ledge high above, two big gray chicks were still hunched on the nest.’
    • ‘Extraordinary measures were taken by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to safeguard the noble fish-hawks at their eyrie by Loch Garten after egg-thieves had brought the birds' first efforts to nought.’
    • ‘His aerie of rare birds was haunting and a very clever visual.’
    • ‘From 1960 to 1962, Kretschmar and Leonovich found that 19 of 23 Peregrine Falcon eyries in the Pyasina basin were associated with Red-breasted Geese, as were 11 of 12 eyries on the Pura River in 1996.’
    • ‘ABOUT 20 years ago I went with a fellow falconer to view an eagle's eyrie in the Perthshire Highlands.’
    • ‘A recent report of poisoned pigeons being found pegged out close to Peregrine eyries in Wales was almost certainly the work of pigeon fanciers.’
    • ‘The King of Eagles carried me to his aerie in the mountains, and left me alone to heal as much as I could.’
    1. 1.1 A 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’.