empty-nest syndrome

  1. a depressed state felt by some parents after their children have left home.

Origin of empty-nest syndrome

First recorded in 1970–75

Words Nearby empty-nest syndrome

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British Dictionary definitions for empty-nest syndrome

empty-nest syndrome

  1. informal a condition, often involving depression, loneliness, etc, experienced by parents living in a home from which the children have grown up and left

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