adjective \ˈpä-pyə-lər\

: liked or enjoyed by many people

: accepted, followed, used, or done by many people

: of, relating to, or coming from most of the people in a country, society, or group

Full Definition of POPULAR

:  of or relating to the general public
:  suitable to the majority: as
a :  adapted to or indicative of the understanding and taste of the majority <a popular history of the war>
b :  suited to the means of the majority :  inexpensive <sold at popular prices>
:  frequently encountered or widely accepted <a popular theory>
:  commonly liked or approved <a very popular girl>
pop·u·lar·ly adverb

Examples of POPULAR

  1. They have names that were popular a century ago.
  2. He is a popular guy in school.
  3. Spicy foods have become increasingly popular.
  4. That is a very popular misconception.
  5. The word groovy was popular in the 1960s but it's outdated now.
  6. Her theories are popular among social scientists.
  7. a popular history of physics

Origin of POPULAR

Latin popularis, from populus the people, a people
First Known Use: 1548

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture


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