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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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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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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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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.
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The number of empty nesters per village was determined according to proportional probability sampling.
Resting and reflecting on accomplishments as a parent, sharing experiences with others, reinventing romantic relationships, developing a hobby, planning the next step and reading all help with discovering what the world has to offer outside the nest--there is even a book called "Chicken Soup for the Empty Nesters: 101 Stories about Surviving and Thriving When the Kids Leave Home." This acceptance stage also requires recognizing that there were downsides to child rearing years and those who have interests of their own find themselves less vicariously dependent upon their children's happiness.
Although "Empty Nester" women over 40 were less likely to be above-average in any aspect of technology use, the major exception was online shopping.
Trends in the food industry used to be driven by family-oriented needs, but as baby boomers become empty nesters, other values are coming into play, such as excitement, convenience, and health.
Of the 17,162,249 empty nesters in Britain, Stena found that a vast majority are rediscovering their independence, as children move out and retirement is taken early.
Older Boomers are quickly becoming Empty Nesters. For them, the power of two is replacing the focus on family meals.
IN CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS, WHICH JUMP-STARTED the holiday movie season this year, Jamie Lee Curtis and Tim Allen play a couple of empty nesters trying to opt out of the clutter and expense of Christmas by skipping town on a cruise.
"The rise in self-rewarding behavior among empty nesters demonstrated by their increase in spending on food, drinks and personal care is at the center of what makes them a very attractive market to consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers," says Andrew Russell, consumer markets analyst at Datamonitor and author of the report.
Since my wife and I are now official "empty nesters," I have fewer opportunities to give such advice to members of the immediate family.
Even in nations with negative population growth, the number of households increased as empty nesters and divorce rates rose.
The American Furniture Manufacturers Association (AFMA) surveyed parents whose children have moved out and learned that nearly half of America's empty nesters will reinvest in their nest by renovating their current home, purchasing a new one, or even by splurging on a vacation home.
ML: My sons are grown and we are empty nesters, but my wife was not eager to move.
As an increasing number of young professionals and empty nesters look to eliminate commutes and pursue an urban lifestyle, demand for housing continues to outstrip supply in many U.S.
The biggest impact on food and eating in the millennium will be that the baby-boom generation is becoming empty nesters. That will have a profound effect on how this country feeds itself.