nest·​er ˈne-stər How to pronounce nester (audio)
Western US : a homesteader or squatter who takes up land on open range for a farm
: one that nests
Wood ducks are cavity nesters, setting up shop in holes high in trees. Howard Youth

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web When empty-nester Kathy finds her mother’s invitation to a Medal of Honor ceremony in the mail, her mother’s heroic secret life comes to light. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Oct. 2022 With the Kranks follows a newly empty-nester couple who tries to opt out of the holidays since their daughter would be absent. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 30 Sep. 2022 The American white pelican is a colonial nester, typically gathering in groups on islands or other flat ground. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2022 Now an empty-nester couple back in Neutra’s native Austria have found inspiration in his Southern California style for their new Salzburg home. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 27 July 2022 Earlier in the episode, Rock riffed on his empty-nester status. Jen Juneau,, 22 July 2022 An empty-nester, Gretzky moved to Florida to be close to his three grandchildren who live there. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 31 May 2022 At the same time, the pandemic has spurred empty-nester Baby Boomers to consider retirement and downsizing to an apartment or condo. Globe Staff,, 15 May 2022 Trevor Hill was sitting down to a takeout dinner with his wife on their moving day into an empty-nester apartment when prosecutors showed up at his door. Suryatapa Bhattacharya And Peter Landers, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nester was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Nester.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



nest·​er ˈnes-tər How to pronounce nester (audio)
: one that nests
West : a person who settles on open range in order to farm

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