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

Definition of boomtown

: a town enjoying a business and population boom

Examples of boomtown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was before Cambridge, Mass., became a tech boomtown, home to a 300,000-square-foot Google satellite office complete with decorative canoes and a miniature indoor putting green. New York Times, "The Treasured Diners and Hidden Haunts That Covid-19 Closed for Good," 27 Dec. 2020 Now, 12 miles from the NAFTA boomtown of Torreón, the land was dotted with tiny bone fragments. Washington Post, "The search for the disappeared points to Mexico’s darkest secrets," 3 Dec. 2020 The most important thing to know about Anchorage in 1920 is that much of the energy and hope of the original Anchorage boomtown were long gone. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Mud, fires and bootlegging: What daily life looked like in the early years of Anchorage," 9 Nov. 2020 After San Francisco emerged as a gold rush boomtown in the mid-1800s, the U.S. government began work on an island fortress to protect the nearly $2 billion in gold flowing freely through the Bay Area (modern equivalent: roughly $62 billion). Jordan Kushins, National Geographic, "Alcatraz’s gardens are flourishing, against all odds," 5 Nov. 2020 The commission says 5,700 foreign companies would draw on power created by the Renaissance Dam, many of them in a burgeoning industrial corridor that stretches from Addis Ababa to the boomtown of Adama, the site of Alemu’s factory. Washington Post, "Africa’s largest dam powers dreams of prosperity in Ethiopia — and fears of hunger in Egypt," 15 Oct. 2020 But Merims in 1954 and Dawson’s brief stint as a boomtown were separated by more than 50 years. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s how Anchorage’s Mountain View, Fairview and Government Hill neighborhoods were named," 23 Aug. 2020 Port Tobacco, Maryland, once a boomtown, faded after its wharfs silted up. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "A secret hidden in centuries-old mud revealed a new way to save polluted rivers," 18 Aug. 2020 With a population over 200,000, Gotham was a grotesquely magical boomtown. James M. Lundberg, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Horace Greeley Turned Newspapers Legitimate and Saved the Media From Itself," 6 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of boomtown

1896, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2021

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“Boomtown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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