Definition of Empty Nest
Examples of Empty Nest
- A married couple after their children move away for university.
- A single mother after her children get married and start new homes (neolocal residence).
Empty Nest Pronunciation
Syllabification: emp·ty nest
- American English – /EmptI nEst/
- British English – /EmptI nEst/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈɛmpti nɛst/
- British English – /ˈɛmpti nɛst/
- Plural: empty nests
- Adult children that leave the home but return are called boomerang children or adultolescents.
- An (noun) empty nester experiences (noun) empty nest syndrome when children leave.
- Family and Kinship Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “empty” and “nest” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- domestic group
- domestic labor
- head of household
- sandwich generation
- second shift
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “empty nest.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 29, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/empty-nest/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
empty nest. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/empty-nest/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “empty nest.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 29, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/empty-nest/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“empty nest.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 29 Nov. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/empty-nest/>.