ETYM Old Eng. aire, eire, air, nest, also origin, descent, Old Fren. aire, Late Lat. area, aera, nest of a bird of prey, perh. from Latin area an open space. Related to Area.
1. Any habitation at a high altitude; SYN. aery, eyrie, eyry.
2. The lofty nest of a bird of prey (such as a hawk or eagle); SYN. aery, eyrie, eyry.