nest·​er | \ ˈne-stər How to pronounce nester (audio) \

Definition of nester

1 Western US : a homesteader or squatter who takes up land on open range for a farm
2 : one that nests Wood ducks are cavity nesters, setting up shop in holes high in trees.— Howard Youth

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There simply aren't many cheaper housing options in Carmel, a fact that affects empty-nesters, millennials and hospitality workers. Stephen J. Beard, Indianapolis Star, "6 graphics that explain Carmel's affordable housing crunch," 9 Aug. 2019 Seattle has just two left: Halcyon, geared to retirees and empty-nesters who are 55 and older, and the Bella-B Mobile Home Park next door, home mostly to working-class families. Jason Buch, New York Times, "For Seattle’s Last Mobile Home Owners, the Clock Is Ticking," 21 July 2019 In the series debut, JoJo and Jordan work with Stonewall, Texas, empty-nesters to convert a vacant cottage into an upscale rental in the romantic heart of wine country. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch on Tuesday: Camille goes after Kyle and Teddi at the Beverly Hills Housewives reunion," 23 July 2019 Residents can help cavity nesters by safely retaining dead trees and limbs on their properties as alternatives to Edison power poles. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Some worry Edison pole replacements could displace woodpeckers that feed, nest inside," 17 July 2019 Today, a booming condo market serves the sea of hip millennials and wealthy empty-nesters flowing into the area. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Little Italy: Storied past and dynamic present make for a must-visit destination," 30 June 2019 Indigenous nesters include the graceful and aerodynamic terns. Susan Moeller,, "A beachcombing guide: Things to find at the beach," 2 May 2018 The houses could work for empty-nesters or people who work in and commute to Charlotte, Toll Brothers executives said. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Here's what $350,000 buys you in the heart of Charlotte and on its outskirts | Charlotte Observer," 19 Apr. 2018 The development would target aging empty-nesters who want to sell their homes but stay in the North Shore area. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mandel Group's disputed River Hills luxury apartment proposal returns in downsized form," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of nester

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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