empty nester

a parent whose children have reached adulthood and left home.
Also, empty-nester.

1960–65; empty nest + -er1

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empty-nesters definition

  1. n.
    parents whose children have grown and moved out. : There are a few adjustments that empty-nesters have to make.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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