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

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Ignoring the potential charge of cultural appropriation—borrowing a real-world culture for an American popcorn film—the use of Xhosa did at least give a suitably foreign flair to the setting. The Economist, "Language is the last frontier for Hollywood film-makers," 15 Mar. 2018 Prepare to lose it once more when Mary goes blind (still not over this), happy cry during Laura's wedding to Almanzo Wilder, and throw popcorn at your TV when an anthrax outbreak wreaks havoc on the pastoral Walnut Grove. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Little House on the Prairie' Is Now Streaming on Amazon So Cancel Your Weekend Plans," 6 Mar. 2019 Depending on the tier, reward members can see any movie for $5 on Tuesdays, get free upgrades and refills on popcorn and soda and earn 100 points for every $1 spent (including on the new monthly fee) for food and beverages. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "AMC Theatres offering Movie Pass-type monthly subscription program," 21 June 2018 Well, for just $5 more AMC will also give you popcorn and a soda with your Tuesday ticket. Katelyn Lunders, Woman's Day, "AMC Is Selling $5 Movie Tickets Until Halloween," 4 Oct. 2017 Imagine an unlimited supply of popcorn and wine—pretty great, right? Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Everything the Women on The Bachelor Request From the Grocery Store," 7 Jan. 2019 The book recommends a hearty stew or a bowl of popcorn, shared from the same bowl. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "I Practiced Hygge and It's Kind of the Best Thing Ever," 25 Dec. 2018 Much like the fun, playground interior with a refreshment station (help yourself to complimentary caramel popcorn, coffee, and freshly squeezed OJ), and row of computers. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Hotels in Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 The film, which has worn its summer popcorn Die Hard and Towering Inferno influences on its sleeve, is tracking to open to $33 million to $40 million stateside. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper' Sells Itself as an Action Throwback," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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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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 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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