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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 nester

A parent whose children have moved out of the home. When our youngest goes off to college next year, we'll officially be empty nesters.
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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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The Nesters were there as well as several photographers.
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.
As they enter this new stage of life, Empty Nesters are excited about products and ideas to help them cook for two," says General Mills home economist Lynn Vettel.
Empty nesters enjoy entertaining at home and are beautifying their surroundings more than ever before," notes AFMA vice president Jackie Hirschhaut.
0001, n = 33) in a parabolic relationship [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 2A OMITTED] where nest predation was greater for shrub nesters than ground and canopy nesters (P [less than] 0.
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.
The prediction under test in this paper is thus that the size of the bursa of Fabricius and the spleen is larger in hole-nesting and colonially breeding birds than in closely related species being open nesters or solitary breeders.
Within each segment, individual lifecycle stages are also specified as key determinants of consumption behavior: young singles, young married without children, young married with a child under 10, married with children between 10 and 20, working age empty nesters, retired empty nesters, and retired old singles.
The younger empty nesters (those aged 45-54) are not far behind - going on 857,000 extended trips a year.
Whether you're talking families, empty nesters looking to scale back, single parents, people with disabilities who do not drive, or single professionals, cohousing offers a sense of community, even family, that you just can't get living in a condo or apartment building.
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.