empty nester

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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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empty nester

a person whose children have grown up and left home. informal
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empty-nesters

n. parents whose children have grown and moved out. There are a few adjustments that empty-nesters have to make.

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 empty-nester phenomenon is common in the West but is new to China, where the single son or daughter was the focus of most household spending.
One of the premier examples of family-oriented development is Orin Wilf's 170 East End Avenue, a luxury tower of 115 condominiums, some up to 4,900 s/f, that appeal to every member of the family, from parents to teens, 'tweens to toddlers as well as to the sophisticated young Wall Street executive and the empty-nester. The 12,000 s/f building includes a squash court, golf simulator, yoga, pilates and dance studio, toddler's playroom, arts and crafts room as well as an interactive center complete with everything from the last word in computer games to arcade favorites including PlayStations, air hockey and pinball.
Richard Van Schaardenburg, president of Lexington Homes in Chicago, says the key to reaching the empty-nester market is thoroughly researching the market before the design stage.
And the second thing is this: it is deemed to be the right time, now, to cater for the empty-nesters precisely because time has swept them along to a new status.