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
Recent Examples on the Web This only added to mamajuana’s mysticism and popularity. Carlos Matias, Bon Appétit, "Mamajuana Is a Low-Effort Cocktail Project That Pays Off Big Time," 26 Feb. 2021 Given the genre’s popularity, Mendelsohn said Eventbrite is working to ensure those seeking out poetry on the platform can easily find it. Rachel Kramer Bussel, Forbes, "Virtual Poetry Events Have Spiked In Popularity Since Amanda Gorman’s Inauguration Reading," 26 Feb. 2021 But Escobar concedes that Bukele's popularity remains at stratospheric levels and the rejection of the traditional parties is nearly as high. Marcos Aleman, Star Tribune, "El Salvador election could remake political landscape," 25 Feb. 2021 Startups are still raising hefty sums through venture capital and private equity, but the froth in the stock market and popularity of SPACs are making public-market valuations attractive in a range of industries. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Red-Hot Stock Market Pushes More Companies to Go Public," 25 Feb. 2021 But coming on the heels of the six-member group’s debut album 1ST, which sold 472,080 copies in its first week in January, the result indicates that the band’s popularity continues to soar. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "SixTONES Soars to No. 1 on Japan Hot 100 as Gen Hoshino's Super Mario Brothers Collab Debuts at No. 7," 25 Feb. 2021 Avatar’s popularity surged when the show starting streaming on Netflix early last year. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ is returning with its original creators," 25 Feb. 2021 Munger also took aim at the special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, that have exploded in popularity on Wall Street. Josh Funk, ajc, "Buffett's right-hand man says US stock market is overvalued," 25 Feb. 2021 Becca was founded in 2001, but shot to popularity in the Instagram age thanks to its highlighters, which were a backbone among many bloggers' looks. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Becca Cosmetics Is Closing Due to the Pandemic," 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of popularity

1574, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of popularity was in 1574

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Last Updated

28 Feb 2021

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“Popularity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popularity. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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