pop·corn | \ˈpäp-ˌkȯrn \

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 1950, young Congressman Jack is a faithless and forgetful lover, but Alicia Darr, a Polish immigrant working as popcorn girl at a Hyannis Port movie theater, is smitten. Patty Rhule, USA TODAY, "Young Jack Kennedy's real-life summertime fling inspires cynical novel," 28 May 2018 The cacophony of the theater, throngs of people, and pops of the popcorn machine might dredge up memories of panic and gunfire. Daily Intelligencer, "This Unique Approach to Veteran Wellness Puts Family First," 24 May 2018 Throw on your favorite band tee, grab some popcorn and hit the Chicago Theatre (175 N. State St.). Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 3 May 2018 So ditch the reading glasses and grab some popcorn. Newsweek, "Analysis," 14 Mar. 2018 Highlights include a free Big Gulp, popcorn, Reese’s candy, chips and more. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Free Slurpees at 7-Eleven on Wednesday followed by a week of free treats," 11 July 2018 Prices: Sandwiches, $3.25-$6.25; toppings on Italian beef sandwiches, $.80-$.90; nachos, $4.75; chips and popcorn, $1-$2. Myrna Petlicki, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Dockside Dogs in Waukegan," 10 July 2018 There are paper sacks intended for peanuts or popcorn, specially printed for the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "At the Box SF, previous eras’ castoffs prove valuable today," 8 July 2018 Once ubiquitous in everything from frozen pizza to coffee creamer to popcorn, artificial trans fats are – as of Monday – banished from U.S. restaurants and grocery stores. Author: Caitlin Dewey, Anchorage Daily News, "Artificial trans fats, widely linked to heart disease, are officially banned," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 \

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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