pop·u·lar·i·ty | \ ˌpä-pyə-ˈler-ə-tē , 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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While some are optimistic that Toys R Us will re-open its doors as early as 2019, the toy retailer joins a declining trend of department store popularity and eventual closure. Editors, USA TODAY, "Capital Gazette shooting, ESPN Body Issue, Toys R Us: 5 things to know Friday," 29 June 2018 Now, ahead of the July 1 election, part of AMLO’s popularity stems from his ability to paint himself as a man of the people. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico's man of the people – with an ego," 29 June 2018 An online petition which quickly gathered thousands of signatures also served to remind London's officials of the company's immense popularity. Danica Kirka, chicagotribune.com, "Uber wins back license in London — but is put on probation," 26 June 2018 Just beyond the shores of Lake Monroe, high-rise apartments are multiplying by virtue of scenic beauty and a general rebirth of the city’s popularity. Michael Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Sanford Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 The popularity of the program encouraged Hartwig to write a book about those rules and how to incorporate the one-month reset. Katie Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Whole30 diet is all the rage: What you need to know," 13 July 2018 The popularity of the foot passenger ferry in the late 1980s clearly affirmed the desire for that physical interaction and relationship to again connect the two river communities. Melissa Reinert, Cincinnati.com, "Ferry christened: Casino tries Lady Luck to boost business," 12 July 2018 And Microsoft hopes to do just that, or at least grow the popularity of its lesser known offering: Teams. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Microsoft battles back against popular office-messaging service Slack by launching a free Teams version," 12 July 2018 These tracks are all powered by downloads and video views, meaning the popularity of the No. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "SKE48 Bows at No. 1 as Kenshi Yonezu Lands 3 Songs in Top 10 on Japan Hot 100," 12 July 2018

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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 \

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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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