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Sociology definition highlight: baby boomer

(noun) An individual born after World War II (1939–1945) in the United States between mid-1940 and mid-1960.

Audio Pronunciation: (ba·by boom·er)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: baby boomers
  • A baby boomer is part of the baby boomer generation.
  • A type of ascribed status and individual.
  • Variant form:
    • baby-boomer
    • babyboomer
  • Informally called boomer.

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Parts of Speech:
  • (adjective) - Word that expresses an attribute of a noun (big, little, short, tall).
  • (adverb) - Word that modifies or qualifies the meaning of an adjective (unbelievably talented), verb (singing loudly), or another adverb (singing quite beautifully).
  • (noun) - Person (teacher, Bob); place (mountain, New York City) thing (rock); idea (happiness); or quality (charismatic).
  • (verb) - Action (run); occurrence (happen); or state of being (be).
  • e.g. - For example
  • etc. - And so on
  • i.e. - In other words
  • Ibid. - In the same place
  • et al. - And others
Useful terms:
  • coin - (verb) To create a word or additional meaning of a word.
  • compare - (noun) How two or more things are similar.
  • connotation - (noun) The figurative or emotional meaning of a word.
  • contrast - (noun) How two or more things are different.
  • denotation - (noun) The literal dictionary meaning of a word.
  • type - (noun) A specific version of the primary word.
  • [Example] - Indicates modification from the original, without changing the meaning, used typically for capitalization, to change plurality, or for clarification.
  • - Indicates a new paragraph, used in long quotes to show original formatting.
  • . . . - Indicates the removal of a portion of the quoted text for brevity but not in a way that changes the meaning.