Definition of empty nester in English:

empty nester

noun

informalNorth American
  • A parent whose children have grown up and left home.

    • ‘Then there are folks like these two, who in demographic parlance are baby boomers turned empty nesters.’
    • ‘Mostly I'm looking forward to being just 40 something when I'm an empty nester.’
    • ‘Their most important customers are the empty nesters.’
    • ‘These appeal to two sets of people: young professionals with no children attracted to the bright lights of the city and empty nesters in their 50s who are downsizing.’
    • ‘‘They're either high-end empty nesters or young professionals with no kids,’ he said.’
    • ‘But older empty nesters today are much more likely to own a second home some distance from their primary residence.’
    • ‘As baby boomers become empty nesters, freed of paying for their kids' tuition, room, and board both at home and away, they increasingly are buying a second home rather than merely downsizing the one they occupy.’
    • ‘Built primarily for empty nesters and nontraditional families, these flexi-houses feature walls that can be removed to change a room's shape.’
    • ‘One thing that empty nesters, second home owners and two-earner households have in common is that they eat out more often and spend more on food away from home.’
    • ‘Today's media is rife with speculation about the impact of baby boomers becoming empty nesters and approaching retirement.’
    • ‘The city's natural beauty draws big money from empty nesters, retired people and cultural tourists.’
    • ‘Sherry would soon become an empty nester, as their two daughters rapidly approached college age.’

Pronunciation

empty nester