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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Recent Examples on the Web Until recently, Camryn (known for her Emmy-winning turn on The Practice) was an empty-nester, with Milo across the country at New York University. Jason Sheeler,, "'She Taught Me to Be Loud': What Milo Manheim Has Learned from His Mother Camryn," 13 Aug. 2020 Natalie, a recent empty-nester, lives with her husband Paul and two dogs in a modest townhome, with a creek and a dozen rogue gardens installed by various residents running behind it. Lisa Richardson, Longreads, "How to Tell Your Husband You’re a Witch," 8 Apr. 2020 Kyra Sedgwick plays an empty-nester who decides to inject herself back into her children’s lives. Mike Hughes,, "On TV today: HBO Max launches, ABC finalizes fall lineup," 27 May 2020 The favorite house has six pairs of nesters while two other houses just a year old do not have any martins. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Wildlife activity picking up in San Antonio gardens, from purple martins, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees," 30 Apr. 2020 After the briefest of pauses, the Dunphy porch light flips back on, a sweet nod to Phil's sage prescription for empty-nesters. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Modern Family' finale recap: How the families move on but stay together (Hint: Hugging helps)," 9 Apr. 2020 The Hershes, who recently moved into empty-nester quarters in a Turtle Creek high-rise, walk in tandem in another extraordinary way. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "‘Near billionaire’ successfully switches lanes," 19 Apr. 2020 Another recommendation is the city should have a variety of housing options that could appeal to a wide variety of people, including young professionals, families and empty-nesters. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Lake Forest works on planning for key regions," 7 Oct. 2019 The Vibe Residents include young families moving from New York City and other parts of Westchester, as well as weekenders and empty-nesters who have stayed. Susan Hodara, New York Times, "Lewisboro, N.Y.: More Rural Than Suburban, With a Range of Housing," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of nester

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nester.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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