baby boom


: a marked rise in birth rate (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 The 76 million Americans in the great baby boom demographic bulge will all be 60 to 79 years old next year. Clara Germani, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Nov. 2023 That was the beginning of the demographic baby boom at the time, and the Fortune magazine was talking about an economic boom, and suddenly this America felt in a better place. Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 16 July 2023 Pastel Parade After World War II, picture-perfect homes and the baby boom swept the nation. Medgina Saint-Elien, House Beautiful, 23 June 2023 The baby boom of the 1950s transformed American society and American business. Mauro F. Guillén, Fortune, 21 Aug. 2023 Chester Zoo is enjoying a baby boom of rare species 1 of 7 Editor’s Note: Call to Earth is a CNN editorial series committed to reporting on the environmental challenges facing our planet, together with the solutions. Nell Lewis; Video By Sandy Thin, CNN, 9 Mar. 2023 Their latest addition comes amid a baby boom in the Hilton family. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 29 Sep. 2023 The legend of Plath is inextricable from the visual mythology of postwar prosperity—white picket fences, images of John and Jackie Kennedy sailing—that developed alongside the baby boom. Rafaela Bassili, The Atlantic, 5 Sep. 2023 The explosion of humanity was even bigger than the baby boom and had people worrying about their impact on natural resources. Leanne Potts, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of baby boom was in 1879

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“Baby boom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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baby boom

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