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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: empty, nester
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

empty nester

a person whose children have grown up and left home. informal
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

empty-nesters

n. parents whose children have grown and moved out. There are a few adjustments that empty-nesters have to make.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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“The right sized buyer is typically an empty-nester that wants all of the bells and whistles in a smaller new home package in the community they know and love.
DESIGNED FOR AN EMPTY-NESTER OR second-home buyer who aspires to make it a future full-time residence, The New American Home Plan B offers luxury living in a townhouse overlooking golf and water amenities.
ARE YOU an empty-nester? Then go on, spoil yourself!