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

Definition of boomtown

: a town enjoying a business and population boom

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Recent Examples on the Web The find generated hundreds of millions of dollars in wealth, creating a boomtown in nearby Virginia City. Eric Lipton, New York Times, "Symbol of ’80s Greed Stands to Profit From Trump Tax Break for Poor Areas," 26 Oct. 2019 At 5100 meters above sea level, a gold-mining boomtown in southeastern Peru called La Rinconada is the world’s highest human settlement. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: Mountain-moving climate change, an oxygen-starved city, and rats playing hide-and-seek," 13 Sep. 2019 Their world is one of extremes, of boomtowns and massacres, of the wonder of railroads and the telephone, but the threat of death is a constant companion. Chanelle Benz, New York Times, "Téa Obreht Reinvents the Western Novel — and Brings Camels," 12 Aug. 2019 The portrait traces him from Southern boy to Western lawman defending boomtowns with his brothers and Doc Holliday. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 In the 1950s, Miami Beach was a tourism boomtown with hotels including the Fontainebleau offering entertainment from crooners Frank Sinatra and comedians such as Dean Martin. Johnny Diaz,, "‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ soaks up the sun at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach," 8 Aug. 2019 The winners in Wuhan are Joyce Yi and Erica Chen, from a state school in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen. The Economist, "Debating contests teach Chinese students an argument has two sides," 15 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of boomtown

1896, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2019

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“Boomtown.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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