empty-nest syndrome

emp·​ty-nest syndrome | \ ˌem(p)-tē-ˈnest- How to pronounce empty-nest syndrome (audio) \

Definition of empty-nest syndrome

: an emotional letdown often experienced by an empty nester

First Known Use of empty-nest syndrome

1965, in the meaning defined above

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empty-nest syndrome

emp·​ty-nest syndrome | \ ˈem(p)-tē-ˈnest- How to pronounce empty-nest syndrome (audio) \
variants: or empty nest syndrome

Medical Definition of 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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