empty nest

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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.
See also: empty, nest

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]
See also: empty, nest

the ˌempty ˈnest

the situation that parents are in when their children have left home: the empty nest syndrome
See also: empty, nest

empty nest, empty nester

A home from which the grown children have moved out, leaving some unoccupied bedrooms; also, the parent(s) in such a home. The term has also given rise to “empty nest syndrome,” the feelings of sadness engendered by the situation. An NBC sitcom entitled Empty Nest aired from 1988 to 1995. The expression dates from the second half of the 1900s.
See also: empty, nester
References in classic literature ?
Happily, however, during that spring, they never, but once, got anything but empty nests, or eggs--being too impatient to leave them till the birds were hatched; that once, Tom, who had been with his uncle into the neighbouring plantation, came running in high glee into the garden, with a brood of little callow nestlings in his hands.
Similarly, we also talk about "the empty nest syndrome.
The feelings of loss, loneliness and sadness that often accompany this period are collectively known as empty nest syndrome.
COPING WITH AN EMPTY NEST WHETHER they are starting university, setting off to travel the world or moving in with friends or a partner, children leaving the family home can be a difficult transition for any parent to navigate.
But her love and care for C has helped heal her socalled empty nest syndrome.
For those parents who develop what's known as empty nest syndrome when their child leaves home, symptoms may be physical as well as emotional, warns Dr Mark Winwood, director of psychological services at AXA PPP Healthcare.
She's got a place at university and is due to start next month and while I'm so proud of her, I already have empty nest syndrome.
My daughter is 15 and she's going into her last year of school in September - so I know how you feel having empty nest syndrome.
EMMERDALE star Denise Black says returning to the Dales has cured her parental empty nest blues.
But Kris will be dealing with an empty nest before long, however, as Kylie revealed she is getting ready to move out by her 18th birthday next year.
Her" wonders if they might be our lovers instead, but also wonders how we'll cope when, like children, they outgrow us and leave us behind in the empty nest of the physical world.
Commonly associated with older parents whose children have left home, psychologist Roxana Rudzik-Shaw explains the problems associated with empty nest syndrome in younger couples once their children start school.
Dot Lupo, of Minehead, Somerset AL'S FRIENDS OR EMPTY NEST Leaving, leaving, one by one, They come to say 'Goodbye' For years I fed and Vimtoed them; And mopped up when they'd cry.