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empty nester

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noun

a parent whose children have reached adulthood and left home.

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Origin of empty nester

First recorded in 1960–65; empty nest + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for empty nester

empty-nester

noun

informal a married person whose children have grown up and left home
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