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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With this massive peer-to-peer renting popularity, other major businesses are jumping on the trip-sharing bandwagon. Adrienne Jordan, USA TODAY, "Swimming pools, RVs, farms and boats: Peer-to-peer rentals take cues from Airbnb," 4 June 2019 The problem with bestowing a CFDA award on Barbie is not about popularity. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "The fashion industry gave Barbie an award. Does she really deserve one?," 4 June 2019 Tijuana, Baja California — Sunday night’s elections proved to be a successful referendum on Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s popularity. David Maung/san Diego Union-tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mexico’s president extends power in Baja California elections," 3 June 2019 While former Vice President Joe Biden (D., Del.) enjoyed an exceptional increase in support following his latest presidential campaign announcement on April 25th, more recent polls suggest a popularity plateau. James Freeman, WSJ, "Has Biden Peaked?," 31 May 2019 Though he's achieved global popularity with BTS, J-Hope was already known for his dancing skills back home for winning a national dance competition in 2008. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "You Won't Believe What BTS Member J-Hope's Net Worth Is," 29 May 2019 Lard's no one-trick pony (er, pig?) either, hence why it's maintained popularity as a kitchen staple over the years. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Where to Buy Lard and How to Use It," 23 May 2019 Newspolls are published every few weeks and are reported by the Australian media like a game score of the government and opposition’s popularity and achievements. Trevor Marshallsea, The Seattle Times, "Australia’s leader vows to get back to work after shock win," 19 May 2019 Part of its popularity can be attributed to its celebrity fans. Glamour, "The Longchamp Le Pliage Bag Is the Perfect Tote Bag, Period," 18 Apr. 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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