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empty nest

A family home inhabited by parents after their children have grown up and departed. Many parents feel depressed when they are left in an empty nest.
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empty nest

The home of parents whose children have grown up and moved out. For example, Now that they had an empty nest, Jim and Jane opened a bed-and-breakfast. This expression, alluding to a nest from which baby birds have flown, gave rise to such related ones as empty-nester, for a parent whose children had moved out, and empty-nest syndrome, for the state of mind of parents whose children had left. [c. 1970]
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an empty nester

An empty nester is a parent whose children have left home. I'm trying to prepare myself for becoming an empty nester when my youngest child goes to university.
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empty nester

a person whose children have grown up and left home. informal
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n. parents whose children have grown and moved out. There are a few adjustments that empty-nesters have to make.
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Additionally, many empty nesters want master bedrooms on the first level of the house, though this is not necessarily an easy find.
Although the Census Bureau does not recognize the term "empty nesters," Fried says anecdotal information and some statistics are indicative of just how formidable a group these parents are.
Whether they want to replace just one or two pieces or revamp an entire room, empty nesters are enjoying their freedom to explore the many furniture styles and choices that reflect their new way of living.
Empty nesters are enjoying better social lives, traveling more frequently and have more financial freedom, according to the most recent Del Webb Baby Boomer Survey from national homebuilder PulteGroup, Inc.
It will be ideal for affluent empty nesters and professionals.
The combination of a low maintenance home and a sought after location is proving attractive to empty nesters.
For both younger and older empty nesters, the top destination for an extended break is the US followed by Australia and New Zealand and then the Caribbean.
Social networking site aimed at empty nesters aged fifty and over sees massive membership increase
According to Beninati, the developments will offer all of the amenities of newly constructed apartments and will be priced to attract a buyer demographic of young professionals and empty nesters that to date have been priced out of the new construction market in Greenwich.
Early empty nesters have never had it so good, according to a Datamonitor report, with parents splashing out on luxuries for themselves.
com will reach high interest audiences of homebuyers at every stage, from first time buyers to empty nesters, and we've developed high-value cross-media packages to meet the needs of a local realtor," said Chris Hobin, Real Estate Advertising Manager for Boston Globe Media.
Better than seven in 10 adults ages 40 to 54 say they are or will be empty nesters within the next decade.
The development also includes ground-level retail space and is designed to appeal to affluent empty nesters and affluent younger couples.
Leader in Garage Organization Partners with Do-It-Yourself Expert Karl Champley to Help Empty Nesters Create Practical Space