popularity

noun
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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Despite this tendency to unhinge people, boot-cuts enjoyed considerable popularity not that long ago. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Boot-Cut Jeans Are (Still) Bad," 28 Dec. 2018 The president’s popularity has dropped below 40 percent amid what is now a six-day partial government shutdown over funding for Trump’s southern border wall, according to a poll from Morning Consult conducted from December 21 to 23. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Trump’s approval rating drops to Charlottesville levels during shutdown," 27 Dec. 2018 That might be why the concept of hygge has experienced such popularity here in the U.S. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "I Practiced Hygge and It's Kind of the Best Thing Ever," 25 Dec. 2018 Microblading's recent popularity has spawned microshading and microfeathering, two techniques that give you a different brow look depending on your preferences. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Microblading, Microshading, and Microfeathering: What's the Difference?," 23 Dec. 2018 Researchers conducting the survey have never seen a drug’s popularity explode the way vaping did in the past year. Karen Kaplan, The Seattle Times, "Vaping among teens spikes, luring new generation of kids into tobacco use," 18 Dec. 2018 Following the thread's initial popularity, Foone appended a few small corrections to the summary of the long, convoluted history. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "This Modern-Day Computer Bug Dates Back to 1974," 5 Nov. 2018 The popularity of the account speaks to a need for more transparency that isn’t happening on a more mainstream level. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The biggest beauty trend in 2018? Makeup brands behaving badly," 18 Dec. 2018 Gzbrain said the popularity of the game was also lifting sales of the $299 Switch console in Japan. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "‘Smash Bros.’ Cures Nintendo of the Summertime Blues," 13 Dec. 2018

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1574, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jan 2019

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popularity

noun

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

popularity

noun
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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