pop·​u·​lar·​i·​ty | \ ˌpä-pyə-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce popularity (audio) , ˌpä-pyə-ˈla-rə-tē\

Definition of popularity

: the quality or state of being popular

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Examples of popularity in a Sentence

the increasing popularity of cell phones

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Lieberman apparently grasped that the spectre of creeping theocracy could prove a wedge issue even among those voters, and so reverse his sinking popularity. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "The Israeli Election Is Next Week, and Unprecedented Alliances Are Moving Against Netanyahu," 10 Sep. 2019 More central to his enduring popularity is his ability to create textured, credible portraits of real people beset by appalling circumstances and struggling, often futilely, to survive. William Sheehan, Washington Post, "Stephen King’s ‘The Institute’ turns our political moment into gripping horror," 9 Sep. 2019 And there’s something about their popularity that’s just absolutely fascinating to me. Los Angeles Times, "Scholar Jacqueline Stewart makes history as TCM’s first African American host," 9 Sep. 2019 Despite his popularity in Colorado, Sanders has been the subject of attacks from both Hickenlooper and another Colorado politician who’s still running for president, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "Bernie Sanders won’t endorse John Hickenlooper in Senate race," 6 Sep. 2019 While rooftops are the place to be in the summer for Instagram-able sunsets and sweet cocktails al fresco, their popularity dies down as the temperatures cool. Camila Vallejo, courant.com, "Happy hour of the month: Rooftop 120," 5 Sep. 2019 Its popularity has also pushed another face-swap app, Yanji, to fifth place on the list. Colum Murphy And Zheping Huang / Bloomberg, Time, "Social Media Users Entranced, Concerned by Chinese Face-Swapping Deepfake App," 4 Sep. 2019 The biggest reason for his popularity: a pure, abiding love of human connection. Michael Mcknight, SI.com, "Much Ado About JuJu," 4 Sep. 2019 Seven books complete the original series, published from 1997 until 2007, but its popularity sparked many spin-off books and stories and eight movies that rank as one of the highest-grossing film series of all time, raking in more than $8.5 billion. Fox News, "'Harry Potter' books banned from Catholic school because reading spells 'risk conjuring evil spirits'," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of popularity

1574, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of popularity

: the state of being liked, enjoyed, accepted, or done by a large number of people : the quality or state of being popular


pop·​u·​lar·​i·​ty | \ ˌpä-pyə-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce popularity (audio) \

Kids Definition of popularity

: the quality or state of being liked, enjoyed, accepted, or practiced by a large number of people

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