popular


pop·u·lar

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

1
:  of or relating to the general public
2
:  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>
3
:  frequently encountered or widely accepted <a popular theory>
4
:  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 The word groovy was popular in the 1960s but it's outdated now.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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: popular action
Previous Word in the Dictionary: populacy
All Words Near: popular

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up popular? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More