pop·​corn | \ ˈpäp-ˌkȯrn How to pronounce popcorn (audio) \

Definition of popcorn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: corn (Zea mays everta synonym Z. mays praecox) having kernels that upon exposure to heat burst open to form a white starchy mass also : the kernels especially after popping



Definition of popcorn (Entry 2 of 2)

: having widespread appeal but usually offering little artistic merit or intellectual stimulation popcorn movies

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The Ravens could have filled his truck with buttery popcorn instead of foam packing peanuts. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Ravens Rookie Learns the Hard Way to Not Forget the Cinnamon Rolls for Meetings," 7 Aug. 2019 Snow cones were on hand along with the customary popcorn and those seeking a measure of relief from the near triple digit temperatures could run under an elevated garden hose with a gentle spray. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Glencoe kids get a chance to climb high and honk horns at Meet the Machines," 23 July 2019 Pork goes into niku dango meatballs like sweet-and-sour meat popcorn. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Kuriya @ Cherrity Bar delivers Japanese ramen with San Antonio charm," 3 July 2019 Puffcorn, which, save for its uneven, round-ish shape, is not at all like popcorn, texturewise falls somewhere between a Cheeto puff and a marshmallow. Lucas Kwan Peterson, latimes.com, "The official spicy snack power rankings," 2 July 2019 This is teeth-gnashing, jungle snarl dubstep, chopped up into a stitch-work sonic palette that plays like popcorn on your ears. Kat Bein, Billboard, "New Music Friday: 5 of This Week's Best Tracks From Skrillex & Troyboi, Pryda, More," 21 June 2019 Kids movies are shown at participating Marcus Theatres locations for just $3 per ticket, with popcorn and sodas for just $2.75. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "$3 kids' movies come back to Marcus Theatres for the summer," 7 June 2019 In addition to the student giveaways, Friday’s event will also include live music, free pizza and popcorn, and a bounce house. Michael Dumas, al.com, "Back-to-school events lend a helping hand to Mobile community," 17 July 2019 Take advantage, pop some popcorn, and be the first one at the water cooler at work to have seen the big, new movie or series. Erinne Magee, Good Housekeeping, "Say Yes to the Early-Morning Date With These Daytime Date Ideas," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Waiters walked the room, armed with glasses of red wine, bubbling prosecco, and a buttered rum cocktail with a popcorn rim. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Bella! Diplo! Davika! Suho! Bulgari Goes Global for Bzero1’s Fantastic Roman Festa," 20 Feb. 2019 The novel—a whodunnit that centers on five 20- and 30-something women who star on a fictional reality TV show, Goal Diggers, until one of them winds up dead—looks at first to be standard popcorn chick-lit. Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "'The Favorite Sister' Is the Thinking Woman's Summer Beach Read," 15 May 2018 The film will be preceded by a 4 p.m. popcorn reception with Richard, who will participate in a post-screening discussion. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "'Dirty Dancing' shimmies its way back into theaters, topping this week's movie events," 15 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of popcorn


1823, in the meaning defined above


1950, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of popcorn

: corn in the form of hard yellow seeds that burst open and become soft and white when they are heated


pop·​corn | \ ˈpäp-ˌkȯrn How to pronounce popcorn (audio) \

Kids Definition of popcorn

1 : corn whose kernels burst open when exposed to high heat to form white or yellowish puffy pieces
2 : the kernels after popping

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