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 Reid was born into poverty in Searchlight, the once-bustling gold boomtown 45 miles south of Henderson. James Dehaven, USA TODAY, 29 Dec. 2021 With its high vaccination rates and low taxes, Dubai has emerged as a pandemic boomtown drawing in the ultrarich, entrepreneurs and tourists even as Omicron rattled global markets. James Hookway, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2021 This city-state of skyscrapers and Persian Gulf beaches is emerging as a pandemic boomtown, drawing in the ultrarich, entrepreneurs and tourists with open-border policies, high levels of vaccination and low Covid-19 infection rates. WSJ, 10 Dec. 2021 The city was founded in 1871, and less than 40 years later, Birmingham had a thriving steel industry and was the boomtown of the era. Dennis Pillion |, al, 1 Dec. 2021 One of the most heart-wrenching exhibition losses forced by the COVID-19 pandemic was the cancellation of the first museum show of distinctive Baroque art from Genoa, the former Italian maritime power turned 17th century banking boomtown. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Other places under discussion include the southern boomtown of Shenzhen and the province of Hainan, both designated by Mr. Xi as the testing ground for building a socialist market economy. Lingling Wei, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2021 The metropolitan area competing for the tightest labor market in the nation isn’t a tech hub on the West Coast, or a boomtown in Texas. Bryan Mena, WSJ, 7 Aug. 2021 Chillingly, the core of the nascent German diamond business, a boomtown oceanside settlement grandiosely named Lüderitz, served as the site for a German concentration camp imprisoning Nama and Herero from 1904 to 1908. Steven Press, Time, 10 June 2021

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First Known Use of boomtown

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of boomtown was in 1896

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31 Dec 2021

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“Boomtown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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


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