empty nester

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 Adam's relationship will be further explored this season in wake of Christy's departure, as will Bonnie's complicated feelings about being an empty nester. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "'Mom' gives hopeful message in handling of Anna Faris' departure," 5 Nov. 2020 Anna Faris announced her departure from the CBS comedy back in September, so Allison Janney will take the lead spot solo as Bonnie, who’s figuring out how to adjust as an empty nester without her daughter and former-roommate, Christy, around. Katey Clifford, oregonlive, "’Mom’ season 8 premiere | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time," 5 Nov. 2020 Jewish and married for over 25 years, Meredith and her husband Seth have hit a rough patch and with their kids in college, she is faced with being an empty nester for the first time in her life. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Stars Grapple with 'Perfection' and Religion in Trailer," 9 Sep. 2020 For Michelle, that new normal comes with being an empty nester as Malia and Sasha have both started college. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Michelle Obama’s Becoming Documentary Introduces Us To A Grown Up Sasha & Malia," 7 May 2020 As an empty nester, such moments with my two adult children have become too fleeting, too condensed, too lost in a whirlwind of holidays or family weddings, or even a beloved grandmother’s memorial service. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "On Mother’s Day, the pleasures of an empty nest filled again," 6 May 2020 Grenadier’s low-maintenance villas in Riverset are ideal for empty nesters and retirees searching for a ‘smart-sized’ home, said the spokesperson. Dallas News, "Builder celebrates grand opening of Riverset community," 12 Apr. 2020 Nascent empty nesters Phil and Claire then decided to finally embark on that RV trip across the country that Phil was perhaps slightly more excited about than his wife. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Modern Family co-creator breaks down the emotional series finale," 9 Apr. 2020 In her corner of the 300-home subdivision, she is mostly surrounded by empty nesters and senior citizens. USA Today, "In Indiana, a neighbor's small kindness saves a life," 22 Mar. 2020

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Empty nester.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empty%20nester. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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

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