popular

adjective
pop·​u·​lar | \ ˈpä-pyə-lər \

Definition of popular

1 : of or relating to the general public
2 : suitable to the majority: such as
a : adapted to or indicative of the understanding and taste of the majority a popular history of the war
b : suited to the means of the majority : inexpensive sold at popular prices
3 : frequently encountered or widely accepted a popular theory
4 : commonly liked or approved a very popular girl

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popularly adverb

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common, ordinary, plain, familiar, popular, vulgar mean generally met with and not in any way special, strange, or unusual. common implies usual everyday quality or frequency of occurrence a common error lacked common honesty and may additionally suggest inferiority or coarseness. common manners ordinary stresses conformance in quality or kind with the regular order of things. an ordinary pleasant summer day a very ordinary sort of man plain is likely to suggest homely simplicity. plain hard-working people familiar stresses the fact of being generally known and easily recognized. a familiar melody popular applies to what is accepted by or prevalent among people in general sometimes in contrast to upper classes or special groups. a writer of popular romances vulgar, otherwise similar to popular, is likely to carry derogatory connotations (as of inferiority or coarseness). souvenirs designed to appeal to the vulgar taste

Examples of popular in a Sentence

They have names that were popular a century ago. He is a popular guy in school. Spicy foods have become increasingly popular. That is a very popular misconception. The word “groovy” was popular in the 1960s but it's outdated now. Her theories are popular among social scientists. a popular history of physics
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Getty ImagesStefania D'Alessandro Game of Thrones has easily been one of the most popular and buzz-worthy shows of the last decade, and sadly the show will be coming to a close with its eighth season this spring. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "HBO Just Dropped a Ton of Juicy 'Game of Thrones' Prequel Details," 8 Jan. 2019 So Juuling, while popular at the moment, is not cool. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Also known as the first wedding anniversary flower, the carnation is a popular and fragrant flower often given at weddings and on Mother's Day. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "12 Best Valentine's Day Flower Arrangements for That Special Someone," 18 Dec. 2018 Although less popular, Robusta tastes slightly more bitter and contains more caffeine. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "21 Surprising Coffee Facts That Will Perk Up Your Afternoon," 3 Dec. 2018 At the time, short hair wasn't popular in the Korean-girl-group world, so Young was admittedly scared. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How Beauty Keeps Tiffany Young True to Her K-Pop Roots," 9 Nov. 2018 Himalayan salt lamps are a popular and easy-to-find home accent that offer the same purifying effects on a smaller scale. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 The ships alternate between Caribbean and Mediterranean itineraries, calling at popular (and amenable) ports including Barcelona, Mallorca, Nassau, and San Juan. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cruise Lines in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 In fact, the lactation photo in question (during date night, no less) was Legend's most popular post of the entire year. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "John Legend's Top Nine on Instagram Is Full of "Love and Lactation"," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of popular

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for popular

Latin popularis, from populus the people, a people

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The first known use of popular was in 1548

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popular

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of popular

: liked or enjoyed by many people

: accepted, followed, used, or done by many people

: of, relating to, or coming from most of the people in a country, society, or group

popular

adjective
pop·​u·​lar | \ ˈpä-pyə-lər \

Kids Definition of popular

1 : of or relating to most of the people in a country or area the popular vote popular culture
2 : enjoyed or approved by many people a popular game
3 : frequently encountered or widely accepted popular opinion

Other Words from popular

popularly adverb a popularly held belief

popular

adjective
pop·​u·​lar

Legal Definition of popular

1 : of or relating to the general public
2a : of, relating to, or by the people (as of a nation or state) as a whole as distinguished from a specific class or group
b : based on or alleged to be based on the will of the people

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