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


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

Examples of popcorn in a Sentence

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As a teenager, she was promoted to working in the ticket office and selling popcorn and burgers. Tiney Ricciardi, The Denver Post, 15 May 2024 The April opening sparked a frenzy with nearly constant lines for the restaurant’s signature popcorn chicken, chicken sandwiches and chicken fillets. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for popcorn 

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Word History

First Known Use


1823, in the meaning defined above


1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of popcorn was in 1823

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“Popcorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popcorn. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: corn with kernels that burst open to form a white starchy mass when heated
also : the popped kernels

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