empty nester

empty nest·er | \-ˈne-stər \

Definition of empty nester 

: a parent whose children have grown and moved away from home

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That citylike feel is expected to woo renters — Melaniphy said most of the apartments will be one- and two-bedrooms targeted at young professionals and empty nesters. John Handley, chicagotribune.com, "In Wheeling, construction of village's first downtown underway," 2 Aug. 2017 The new development will target empty nesters, baby boomers, and those who choose to rent, DeRosa said. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Officials back massive $35 million, 225-unit apartment development for Oak Creek," 13 June 2018 Photo: Aman Resorts Families, groups of friends, couples—both empty nesters and honeymooners—are booking these self-drive getaways in the U.S. with travel companies such as All Roads North, EXP Journeys and Black Tomato. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "The Great American Road Trip Goes Luxe—For Better or Worse," 12 July 2018 Jack Greenberg, of Springbrook Village at Hobart LLC, requested that the 24.6-acre property be rezoned from residential-1 to a planned unit development to allow for the creation of a subdivision marketed to seniors and empty nesters. Cain Buchmeier, Post-Tribune, "Proposed rezoning for Hobart property given unfavorable recommendation," 6 July 2018 There’s a nice blend of empty nesters, single professionals and transplants who want to be here for a couple of years. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "'Let's go downtown': How Chandler's restaurant, bar scene helped transform city," 26 June 2018 Somerset Green is drawing young professionals and empty nesters to enjoy its resort-like features, such as an amenity center with a swimming pool and entertainment space, walkable streetscapes, formal gardens, and dog parks. Houston Chronicle, "‘Lock-and-leave’ lifestyle offered at Somerset Green," 27 May 2018 Friends encouraged the empty nester to try her hand at a food cart after trying her food. Michael Russell, OregonLive.com, "There's a new downtown food cart specializing in Shanghai-style pan-fried soup dumplings," 9 May 2018 The main complaint is that the 96-gallon cans are too large to move around and most homeowners are empty nesters and do not generate enough refuse to come close to filling up the larger can. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Seven Hills City Council agrees to rent smaller garbage cans," 15 May 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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: a parent whose children have grown up and moved away from home

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