boom·​town | \ ˈbüm-ˌtau̇n How to pronounce boomtown (audio) \

Definition of boomtown

: a town enjoying a business and population boom

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In 2017, Jezebel’s Hazel Cills reported on the rash of music festivals popping up in former boomtowns across the country. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why are so many music festivals total disasters?," 11 June 2019 Fifteen years after its debut on HBO, Deadwood, the Western series set in a 1870s mining boomtown in what is now South Dakota, will reappear on screens tonight, this time as a feature film. Lesley M. M. Blume, WSJ, "The Glorious Tragedy of “Deadwood”," 31 May 2019 But that view overlooks the role policy has played in Arlington’s transformation over the past decade—from a tract of low-rent offices for federal agencies and contractors into a boomtown for private industry. Mene Ukueberuwa, WSJ, "How Arlington Lured Amazon With Low Costs," 14 Dec. 2018 Its historic center, a small island called Ortigia, has the atmosphere of a boomtown. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Luxury Homeowners Discover the Delight of Sicily Living," 20 Dec. 2018 With all that activity, small-time Helsinki took off, becoming a boomtown in support of the grand strategic fort. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Helsinki holds its own among Nordic capitals," 18 Sep. 2018 From Orange, head to the oil boomtown of Beaumont, a half hour west, for lunch on a picnic table at Amelia Farm & Market, a century-old working pecan farm. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 5 Days from New Orleans to Houston," 19 July 2018 Last week the state put out its annual report on homelessness in the schools, and the numbers for boomtown Seattle are embarrassing. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Kids still living in shantytowns is the real shame of Seattle," 18 Apr. 2018 Stores wore boomtown facades to tempt passing drivers and their dollars to linger. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of boomtown

1896, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of boomtown

: a town that experiences a sudden growth in business and population : a booming town

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