nest egg


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

Examples of nest egg in a Sentence

They built up a nest egg for their son's college education. paid for the computer out of his nest egg
Recent Examples on the Web The desire to give less affluent Americans the chance to build a decent nest egg is one that is shared across ideological lines. Michael Steinberger Malcolm Hillgartner Tanya Pérez Steven Szczesniak, New York Times, 8 May 2024 Equally innovative are its accessible individual retirement accounts (IRAs): With a 3% IRA match on retirement contributions with Robinhood Gold, now might be a good time to consider building your retirement nest egg. Stephanie Tsai, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 May 2024 Helping women build better nest eggs in retirement requires addressing the root causes first, said Caroline Feeney, Prudential executive vice president and head of U.S. businesses. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2024 Money could have been up and down since 2018 but has likely been building up in your nest egg for the past year. Kyle Thomas, Peoplemag, 14 Apr. 2024 Finally, reviewing investment portfolios and rebalancing to a more conservative asset allocation can help protect nest eggs from market volatility in the golden years. Ebony Flake, Essence, 11 Apr. 2024 Using the rule of thumb to withdraw 4% of one's retirement savings annually, a nest egg of $1.46 million would result in about $58,400 in annual income. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 2 Apr. 2024 With the growing belief that a comfortable retirement may be out of reach, the youngest generation entering the job market is planning to start building their nest egg earlier than ever before. Rocio Fabbro, Quartz, 2 Apr. 2024 The couple had suffered too many losses planting hemp, losses that cut into their nest egg. Wesley Parnell, Rolling Stone, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nest egg was in the 14th century

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“Nest egg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

nest egg

: a fund of money set aside as a reserve
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