empty nester

noun
empty nest·​er | \ -ˈne-stər How to pronounce empty nester (audio) \

Definition of empty nester

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

Examples of empty nester in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roula’s story is in many ways a universal one: a difficult mother-daughter relationship, an empty nester missing the child who brought their life meaning for years. Isabelle Mecattaf, The New Yorker, 13 May 2022 The Blue Lagoon star also revealed her thoughts on being an empty nester. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 22 Apr. 2022 The final season of Pamela Adlon's Better Things debuts, where her character Sam Fox is still trying to land some Hollywood gigs while also preparing to be an empty nester. Ew Staff, EW.com, 28 Feb. 2022 The Chicago star previously became an empty nester, after Carys graduated from high school in May and started college earlier this fall. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 26 Nov. 2021 Courteney Cox hasn't quite grasped the impending reality of being an empty nester. Julie Jordan, PEOPLE.com, 26 Jan. 2022 Some were there with their grown daughters, others were there solo, and there were a few empty nester couples. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 She’s an empty nester who lives in a house with a never-ending stream of adult children cycling through her house. Sally Schwartz, chicagotribune.com, 27 Aug. 2021 But another question, what Kevin envisions for an empty nester future with Madison, seems to stump him. Amanda Ostuni, EW.com, 19 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of empty nester

1958, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

20 May 2022

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“Empty nester.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empty%20nester. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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