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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Other Words from popular

popularly adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for popular

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 The word “groovy” was popular in the 1960s but it's outdated now.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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Recent Examples on the Web

Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.12 million viewers in prime time. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Often overlooked, evening news shows have loyal fans," 5 Feb. 2019 That said, football is still the most popular sport for high school males. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What a lifetime of playing football can do to the human brain," 4 Feb. 2019 Together, the duo have a skincare line, co-host the Dr. and Mrs. Guinea Pig podcast, and developed a diet plan that ranked as the second most popular diet search trend of 2018. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About the Dubrow Diet," 29 Jan. 2019 Apparently, the trilogy style has now become one of the most popular ring styles. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Has Made This Ring Style Unbelievably Popular," 25 Jan. 2019 Microsoft’s beloved Windows 7 is the most popular desktop PC operating system in the world, with over 40 percent market share, again by NetMarketShare. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "For some, the glory days of Microsoft are ending in about a year," 18 Jan. 2019 In 2016, it was ranked the 154th most popular girls name in America. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "15 Old-Fashioned Girl Names That Are Ready for a Comeback," 17 Jan. 2019 Here's the deal with 11 of the most popular at-home workout programs. 1. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "Everything You Need to Know About 10 Popular at-Home Workout Programs," 13 Jan. 2019 So far, the most popular theory is that he's been living with amnesia. Maria Tallarico, Glamour, "9 Jane the Virgin Fan Theories That Will Keep You Up at Night," 11 Jan. 2019

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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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