empty nester


empty nest·​er -ˈne-stər How to pronounce empty nester (audio)
: a parent whose children have grown and moved away from home

Examples of empty nester in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the 50 largest U.S. metro areas, the share of large homes owned by empty nesters versus millennials with children varied — but the millennial share didn’t reach 18 percent in any metro, while empty nesters owned at least 20 percent of large homes everywhere. Michael Kolomatsky, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2024 The Reserve at The Brook, promoted as 46 empty nester attached single family residences, is the latest plan for the closed Our Lady of the Brook Catholic Church (OLB) building and site in Northbrook (3700 Dundee Road). Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 29 Jan. 2024 What started as a relocation reboot for empty nesters Melissa and Paul Kanarek turned into a passion project filled with 25 animals and a whole lot of self-discovery. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 28 Dec. 2023 So, the married father of two was suddenly available, and about to be an empty nester. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2024 However, the transition from being caretakers to empty nesters turned out to be short-lived. Katie Mannion, Peoplemag, 17 Dec. 2023 Tia Carrere is preparing for life as an empty nester. Abby Stern, Peoplemag, 17 Dec. 2023 Menopause can also overlap with big life changes—people might become empty nesters, for example—as well as professional or family-related stresses. Eden Arielle Gordon, SELF, 13 Dec. 2023 For well-off empty nesters, young professionals and recent graduates entering high-earning careers, spending $500 on a concert ticket might not be such a big deal. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of empty nester was in 1958

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“Empty nester.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empty%20nester. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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