popular

adjective
pop·​u·​lar | \ ˈpä-pyə-lər How to pronounce popular (audio) \

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 The word “groovy” was popular in the 1960s but it's outdated now.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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Country radio’s most popular DJ, Bobby Bones, also stepped up to produce a weekly iHeart Radio show featuring the music of female artists. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, "Martina McBride Stirs Battle with Spotify Over Gender Imbalance: 'I'm Frustrated for My Sisters'," 16 Sep. 2019 Plasma treatments for conditions like alopecia are becoming more popular, and Kourtney did a pretty good job explaining the basics. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kourtney Kardashian Got Scalp Injections to Treat a Bald Spot," 13 Sep. 2019 Mr Lieberman’s gambit proved popular; surveys show his small party doubling in size since April. The Economist, "Will Binyamin Netanyahu’s vow to annex part of the West Bank work?," 12 Sep. 2019 Vaping users in the state must be 21 to buy products, though those products have become popular among youths, especially those that are flavored. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Some medical marijuana users in Maryland reporting symptoms amid spate of vaping-related illness," 12 Sep. 2019 The restaurant: Ippudo splashed onto the West Coast in 2017 with its crazy-popular, 20-hour simmering pork broth. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "10 awesome Bay Area date night ideas for fall," 9 Sep. 2019 Some garments looked updated to an era where hip-hop has become more popular than rock, as in some of the pieces from Pyer Moss’s ongoing collaboration with Reebok. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "A celebratory NYFW show honored the queer black woman who built the template for rock ‘n’ roll," 9 Sep. 2019 While not matching her past critical successes, the series proved popular. Washington Post, "Valerie Harper broke taboos, stole hearts as TV’s Rhoda," 31 Aug. 2019 While not matching her past critical successes, the show proved popular. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Valerie Harper, TV’s Rhoda, has died at 80," 30 Aug. 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 How to pronounce popular (audio) \

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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