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 Buyers include empty nesters who are looking to scale down to maintenance-free living. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: Houston area experiences condo urban boom," 21 Dec. 2019 While some rejoice in their leaner schedules and newfound quiet, others deal with loneliness and depression, often referred to as empty nester syndrome. Kaya Laterman, New York Times, "How to Refeather Your Empty Nest," 13 Dec. 2019 Here’s to our next chapter of becoming empty nesters and discovering what’s next—while still feeling the magic that brought us together all those years ago. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "Michelle Obama's Incredible 2019, from Breaking Records with Her Book to Being Praised by Beyoncé," 4 Dec. 2019 Here’s to our next chapter of becoming empty nesters and discovering what’s next—while still feeling the magic that brought us together all those years ago. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Barack and Michelle Obama Celebrate 27 Years Of Marriage With These Sweet Posts," 3 Oct. 2019 Here’s to our next chapter of becoming empty nesters and discovering what’s next—while still feeling the magic that brought us together all those years ago. Vogue, "Michelle and Barack Obama’s Anniversary Instagrams Will Make Your Heart Melt," 3 Oct. 2019 Here's to our next chapter of becoming empty nesters and discovering what's next -- while still feeling the magic that brought us together all those years ago. Allen Kim, CNN, "Barack and Michelle Obama post sweet tributes to each other on their 27th anniversary," 3 Oct. 2019 Here’s to our next chapter of becoming empty nesters and discovering what’s next—while still feeling the magic that brought us together all those years ago. BostonGlobe.com, "— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama)," 3 Oct. 2019 Here’s to our next chapter of becoming empty nesters and discovering what’s next—while still feeling the magic that brought us together all those years ago. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Barack and Michelle Obama’s Anniversary Messages Are the Energy We Need Right Now," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of empty nester

1958, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2020

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“Empty nester.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empty%20nester. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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empty nester

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English Language Learners Definition of empty nester

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

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