empty-nest syndrome

noun

emp·​ty-nest syndrome ˌem(p)-tē-ˈnest- How to pronounce empty-nest syndrome (audio)
: an emotional letdown often experienced by an empty nester

Examples of empty-nest syndrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maybe when the final daughter-departing blow comes, empty-nest syndrome won’t be my fate. Galadriel Watson, Discover Magazine, 3 Jan. 2019 One possibility is what’s called empty-nest syndrome, a term used since at least the 1980s. Galadriel Watson, Discover Magazine, 3 Jan. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of empty-nest syndrome was in 1965

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“Empty-nest syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empty-nest%20syndrome. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

empty-nest syndrome

noun
emp·​ty-nest syndrome ˈem(p)-tē-ˈnest- How to pronounce empty-nest syndrome (audio)
variants or empty nest syndrome
: a feeling of prolonged sadness, loss, or emptiness that is often experienced by a parent whose children have grown up and moved away from home
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