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

Examples of popcorn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Set up a screen on the beach, in your backyard with friends, or enjoy some popcorn from anywhere with an easy setup. Forbes Vetted, Forbes, 22 June 2021 So grab some popcorn and take your FROW position on the sofa. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 9 June 2021 Toss using two spoons, evenly coating the popcorn. Need more sprinkles? Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 9 June 2021 So yes, Lamb, with the talent and the possibility of playing more on the outside can, well get more people to eat some popcorn. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 7 June 2021 Westbrook left the game after sustaining the injury in the fourth quarter and was limping to the tunnel when the fan poured the popcorn on him. oregonlive, 27 May 2021 In support of Westbrook, superstar LeBron James tweeted the players wanted to know who poured the popcorn and included the hashtag #ProtectOurPlayers. Jill Martin, CNN, 27 May 2021 So grab some popcorn and strap in for another another year of twists and turns from the MCU’s newest additions. Sage Anderson, Rolling Stone, 18 May 2021 The pair won the award for Best Kiss and the onscreen-turned-IRL couple took the stage to accept the golden popcorn. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 17 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But even once-quick eats on the popcorn level typically require standing behind a dozen or more other customers. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 18 June 2021 According to reviewers, regular walls and even popcorn ceilings work as phenomenal surfaces for screening your favorite flicks inside. Melissa Epifano, Southern Living, 9 June 2021 His latest move: spinning up a perks program, called AMC Investor Connect, that offers popcorn freebies and first-looks at upcoming films to shareholders. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 3 June 2021 The popcorn aroma is gone; the ticket booth is an empty shell, and rows of coral chairs are collecting dust. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 A month later, memorabilia and items from the theater — such as popcorn machines, movie posters and even the curtains — were auctioned off to the public. Meagan Hurley, Dallas News, 20 May 2021 This time the star of the dish just happens to be popcorn, and what’s wrong with that? Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2021 San Francisco, 4%, cranked up the popcorn machines in early March. Dawn Chmielewski, Forbes, 21 Mar. 2021 Only concessions available are popcorn, candy and drinks at this time. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 9 Oct. 2020

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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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“Popcorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popcorn. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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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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