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 Characters trip and fall for laughs, popcorn pours out of the dryer, there are boob jokes aplenty. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2022 Families participated in wagon rides, sack races, a straw bale maze, cow meet- and-greet and milking demonstrations, harvest story time, live musical entertainment by Cowboy Choir, and enjoyed old-fashioned treats like apple cider and popcorn. Gina Grillo, Chicago Tribune, 19 Sep. 2022 Every cabin gathers each night around a campfire — lit in a concrete-bottom pit with a bucket of water close at hand — to roast marshmallows, pop popcorn and talk about the day’s highs and lows. Nick Mott, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2022 Milk chocolate, classic caramel, dark chocolate and milk chocolate s'mores are the four popcorn flavors in this mix. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 15 Sep. 2022 Fans of history can learn all about the dark beginnings of everything from popcorn to boybands on Bailey Sarian's Dark History. Seventeen, 14 Sep. 2022 Some of the local farmers that are leasing their land are also planting sweet corn and popcorn in the buffer areas normally left open around the solar farm. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Sep. 2022 Grab some popcorn and sit down with the kids for a summertime movie night! oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2022 This year, pop some popcorn, cozy up on the couch and stream your favorite Thanksgiving movies or Thanksgiving episodes of marathon-worthy shows. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 10 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In an entertaining, popcorn-movie package, of course. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 26 Aug. 2022 Maybe there's a popcorn bowl on the coffee table begging to be emptied. Kaitlin Marks, EW.com, 28 July 2022 Bottled water; butterscotch corn; candy Kisses; candy/caramel apples; caramel corn; cotton candy; peanuts; popcorn; soft drinks; strip candy; lemon shakeup. The Indianapolis Star, 25 July 2022 Due to gravity, skimpiness, or dud luck, my bag of Hula Crunch was mostly popcorn. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 30 June 2022 The event offers popcorn from Nikki’s Unique Treats, pop from Faygo and a specialty bar experience from award-winning Parc restaurant. Liliana Webb, Detroit Free Press, 22 June 2022 One company is already paying growers more to encourage them to keep the popcorn corn planted. Chris Morris, Fortune, 2 June 2022 Nothing gives off retro summer vibes like an old-school drive-in theater, and the Misquamicut Drive-in is screening popcorn-fun flick all weekend. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2022 According to Perry, the suspects also went underneath the stage, raised the theater’s organ and made popcorn. Ryce Stoughtenborough, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 24 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for popcorn


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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