1

popcorn

play
noun pop·corn \ˈpäp-ˌkȯrn\

Definition of popcorn

  1. :  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

1823

First Known Use of popcorn

1823


2

popcorn

adjective pop·corn

Definition of popcorn

  1. :  having widespread appeal but usually offering little artistic merit or intellectual stimulation <popcorn movies>

1950

First Known Use of popcorn

1950


POPCORN Defined for English Language Learners

1

popcorn

play
noun pop·corn \ˈpäp-ˌkȯrn\

Definition of popcorn for English Language Learners

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


POPCORN Defined for Kids

popcorn

play
noun pop·corn \ˈpäp-ˌkȯrn\

Definition of popcorn for Students

  1. 1 :  corn whose kernels burst open when exposed to high heat to form white or yellowish puffy pieces

  2. 2 :  the kernels after popping



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up popcorn? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to handle or deal with in a skillful way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • m-ws-new-words-quiz
  • Which word means "inability to recognize faces"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ