nest egg

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of nest egg

1 :a natural or artificial egg left in a nest especially to induce a hen to continue to lay there
2 :a fund of money accumulated as a reserve

Examples of nest egg in a Sentence

  1. They built up a nest egg for their son's college education.

  2. paid for the computer out of his nest egg

Recent Examples of nest egg from the Web

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First Known Use of nest egg

14th century


Financial Definition of NEST EGG

nest egg

What It Is

A nest egg is a slang term describing money saved for the future.

How It Works

For example, let's say that John Doe works at Company XYZ. He saves $300 a week for 40 years. At the end of the 40 years, he has $700,000 in his account (including capital gains). This $700,000 is John's nest egg, and he plans to use it to fund his retirement.

Why It Matters

Creating, protecting and growing one's nest egg is one of the fundamental purposes of investing.


NEST EGG Defined for English Language Learners

nest egg

noun

Definition of nest egg for English Language Learners

  • : an amount of money that is saved over a usually long period of time to pay for something in the future


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