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 Fresh produce, handcrafted artisan items, honey, syrups, jams, popcorn, spices, sauces, cookies, breads and snacks. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Aug. 3-9," 2 Aug. 2020 One of Bitter & Twisted’s signature bar snacks, the popcorn is still on the menu — plied with garlic and fresh scallions, bathed in butter and dashed with a boatload of Japanese seasoning before it’s tossed with spicy rice crackers. Dominic Armato, The Arizona Republic, "This downtown Phoenix bar is nailing takeout with a menu of creative dim sum and cocktails," 31 July 2020 The space is equipped with 10 75-inch flat-screen televisions, and free family movie night - with complimentary popcorn - will be offered on Sundays. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Vibe Garden set to open at Saucy Brew Works this month," 10 July 2020 And for now, the bottomless popcorn and free refills on soda are out the window. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Major sports are finally coming back to Indiana: 'It gives people some hope'," 10 Mar. 2020 The headlines have exhausted Khadijah Polly, 38, who owns a popcorn company in Houston. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, "Ghana to black Americans: Come home. We’ll help you build a life here.," 4 July 2020 Some examples of whole grains include whole wheat, barley, buckwheat, oatmeal, brown rice, millet, and popcorn. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Why It's Worth It to Add Sprouted Whole Grains to Your Diet," 1 July 2020 Conagra sells brands like Orville Redenbacher's popcorn, Birds Eye frozen vegetables, and Duncan Hines cake mixes. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "It's harder to find sale items at the grocery store," 8 July 2020 Beware of a run on popcorn in the grocery aisle at Walmart. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Drive-In Movies Coming to Walmart Later This Summer," 6 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Some of the best paranoid thrillers and conspiratorial dramas of the past 50 years were initially dismissed as fantastical genre pieces by critics, seen as little more than popcorn entertainment. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The 13 Best Movies About Why You Shouldn’t Trust the Government," 5 June 2020 That theater room is impressive, 32 feet wide with a real concession stand, popcorn machine and drink dispensers. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "NFL player used to own $1.7M Southfield condo that sits on the 24th floor," 2 May 2020 Accessories include clunky button necklaces and bracelets, raffia cell-phone bags and popcorn hand bags with belt straps. Washington Post, "Fendi lets sun shine on post-Lagerfeld era, glancing back," 19 Sep. 2019 Accessories include clunky button necklaces and bracelets, raffia cell-phone bags and popcorn hand bags with belt straps. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fendi lets sun shine on post-Lagerfeld era, glancing back," 19 Sep. 2019 Waiters walked the room, armed with glasses of red wine, bubbling prosecco, and a buttered rum cocktail with a popcorn rim. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Bella! Diplo! Davika! Suho! Bulgari Goes Global for Bzero1’s Fantastic Roman Festa," 20 Feb. 2019 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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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 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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