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

Examples of nester in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With their only child planning to head off to college after the summer, Connie is unsettled over the prospect of becoming an empty-nester and living the rest of her life alone—with Douglas. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 14 June 2021 High tech goes high altitude in a minimalist Aspen mansion for art collectors Jeff and Rona Citrin, an empty-nester couple in their early 60s who divide their time between Manhattan and the Colorado mountain town. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2020 Now an empty-nester, Smyth is finally ready to rock again. Jeff Nelson,, 8 Oct. 2020 Now an empty-nester, Chesshir devotes most of his spare time to training and competing with his Labrador retrievers. Rachel O'neal, Arkansas Online, 27 Sep. 2020 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,, 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, 8 Apr. 2020 Kyra Sedgwick plays an empty-nester who decides to inject herself back into her children’s lives. Mike Hughes,, 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,, 30 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 18 Sep. 2021.

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