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.
Recent Examples on the Web But the teach-in created an intellectual bridge between older leftists like Professor Sahlins and the budding activists of the baby boom generation. New York Times, "Marshall D. Sahlins, Groundbreaking Anthropologist, Dies at 90," 10 Apr. 2021 Members of the wealthy baby boom generation are meticulously planning their golden years, from first-floor master suites to who their neighbors will be. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "When Friends Move Next Door," 7 Apr. 2021 It’s probably not a coincidence that some of the best years for the American economy in recent generations were from 1983 to 2000, when the ultra-large baby boom generation was in that crucial high-spending period. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "17 Reasons to Let the Economic Optimism Begin," 13 Mar. 2021 Starting in 2005, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey began an experiment to see whether restoring the eel population would result in a baby boom among freshwater mussels. Mike Argento,, "Dammed, drugged, poisoned: Shad, eels and smallmouth bass struggle to survive in Susquehanna River," 27 Feb. 2021 But will Americans take it too far? COVID baby boom? Chris Morris, Fortune, "Here’s what was happening one year ago, when the pandemic became official," 11 Mar. 2021 Just as the Second World War begat a baby boom, the common wisdom seemed to be that forced together time during COVID-19 would lead to the same. Rahul Rao, Popular Science, "Returning to normal life is going to be a slow and steady process," 8 Mar. 2021 The baby boom some expected to occur after months of romantic partners quarantining at home together has failed to materialize, according to researchers at the Brookings Institution. Marie Solis, Fortune, "COVID baby boom? Not so much—300,000 fewer births expected in 2021," 8 Mar. 2021 While birth rates have been falling for nearly a decade, Phil Cohen, a sociologist at the University of Maryland, said December's drop was the biggest he's seen since the baby boom ended in 1964. Kate Smith, CBS News, "The COVID baby boom is looking more like a baby bust," 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of baby boom

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Baby boom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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