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 If this year is anything like 2019, the Hollywood baby boom will keep going strong. Glamour, "All the Celebrities Who Announced They’re Expecting Babies This Year," 26 Jan. 2020 The practice held until the outsized, outspoken and oxygen-sucking baby boom reached adolescence and early adulthood. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "It was the year of ‘OK boomer,’ and the generations were at each other’s throats," 24 Dec. 2019 In celebration of the baby boom, the officers, their babies and their wives gathered together on Monday for an adorable group photo. Robyn Merrett,, "Missouri Sheriff's Department Welcomes 17 Babies This Year: 'Holy Cow'," 5 Nov. 2019 The baby boom, named for the unprecedented spike in births — 76 million — after World War II, is the only group officially designated by the U.S. Census Bureau. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "It was the year of ‘OK boomer,’ and the generations were at each other’s throats," 24 Dec. 2019 Because of the baby boom of the ’50s, our demographic is more populous than the 25-44 age group. Catherine Texier, Longreads, "I’m 72. So What?," 24 Oct. 2019 The mandate came as the industry was already dealing with the exit of baby boom-era pilots and higher rates of air travel, Kuhlmann said. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Pilot shortage in Colorado and U.S. looms as current flyers are aging out and trainees face steep costs," 6 Oct. 2019 Adding to budget pressures: The baby boom generation is retiring and beginning to collect Social Security and enroll in Medicare. Washington Post, "US budget deficit rises to $209 billion in November," 11 Dec. 2019 Tanner, like Dylan and Scorsese, was born slightly ahead of the baby boom. New York Times, "Bob Dylan and the Myth of Boomer Idealism," 17 July 2019

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1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Baby boom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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