baby boom


Definition of baby boom

: a marked rise in birthrate (as in the U.S. following the end of World War II)

Examples of baby boom in a Sentence

There was a baby boom in the U.S. after World War II.

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The next 40 years were treated in a brief appendix that gestured at the postwar baby boom and its little boxes. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Virginia McAlester Is the Most Popular Architecture Writer in America," 6 June 2019 Had the birthrates of the baby boom era persisted until the present, the post-1965 wave of immigration would have been little more than a cultural blip. Reihan Salam, WSJ, "A Way Out of the Immigration Crisis," 21 Sep. 2018 These adorable pictures show a baby boom at a U.S. firehouse after nine firefighters welcomed babies in the space of a year. Fox News, "Massachusetts fire department welcomes 9 babies in 1 year," 28 Sep. 2018 This year is proving to be something of a royal baby boom. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Grace's Granddaughter Charlotte Casiraghi Gives Birth to a Baby Boy," 24 Oct. 2018 Brusuelas sees fewer people entering the labor force, a consequence of lower birth rates and other demographic changes as the vast baby boom generation retires. Josh Boak, The Seattle Times, "As joblessness falls, skilled workers might be hard to find," 23 Oct. 2018 The center’s staff, and the world, watched the baby boom happen over the WCC’s webcams, which are set up in the wolves’ secluded dens and enclosures to allow the animals their privacy and to limit human interaction. Kelli Bender,, "With Only 30 Red Wolves Left in the Wild, These 10 Newborn Pups Are Big News," 22 June 2018 The aging of the large baby boom generation is making up an increasing share of the nation’s population, with proportionally fewer working-age Americans chipping in payroll taxes. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "A crucial Medicare trust fund will run out three years earlier than predicted, new report says," 5 June 2018 Yet this doesn't signal a soon-coming Gen Z baby boom. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Generation Z predicts the future: America's kids explain love, marriage and gender roles," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of baby boom

1880, in the meaning defined above

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baby boomer


Financial Definition of baby boomer

What It Is

A baby boomer is a member of the generation born between 1946 and 1964.

How It Works

The term baby boom refers to the increase in births after the end of World War II. Today, America’s 75 million baby boomers represent about 30% of the population.

Though no terms describe every member of a population or group, the 1960s and early 1970s were defining times for this generation, though boomers born after around 1959 likely have different experiences and definitions of that era. Noted for a penchant for social change, increased divorce rates, affluent living and helicopter parenting (micromanaging their children), the baby boom generation has indeed transformed the American experience.

Why It Matters

From an economic perspective, the baby boomer generation is a major force not only for its sheer size but for its habits. In general terms, this population segment is responsible for more than half of all consumer spending in the United States.

The population of the United States is expected to age over the next several decades, thanks to the aging boomers. Many analysts expect this to create a corresponding increase in demand for aging care, products for the elderly, estate and retirement planning, and similar goods and services.

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English Language Learners Definition of baby boom

: a time when there is a great increase in the number of babies born

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