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 His popularity in Hollywood and elsewhere constantly reminded people of the status of Tibet as a conquered, occupied nation. Taylor Dinerman, National Review, "The End of the Soft-Power Delusion," 31 Dec. 2019 All will be gone from Netflix by the end of 2020, suggesting that Netflix's popularity contest next year could truly turn into an all Netflix affair. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Netflix Picks Its Own Most Popular Movies and Series Of 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 Its popularity is a legacy of the Victorian era, when malaria plagued the territory. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 30 Dec. 2019 Many applauded Sanders’s outreach to Hispanic communities — his popularity among young voters, who are more likely to be nonwhite than older voters, has helped him broaden his reach — and his populist economic pitch. BostonGlobe.com, "Hispanic voters are growing in power. Why are Democratic presidential candidates ignoring them? - The Boston Globe," 27 Dec. 2019 After that point, his popularity began to fade as Donald Trump gained ground during debates where Walker was largely invisible. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Divisive politics ruled Wisconsin over the last decade," 27 Dec. 2019 The Pro Bowl — like any all-star game — is just a popularity contest. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "These Broncos deserve to go to the Pro Bowl instead of Von Miller," 20 Dec. 2019 The fact that so few may pay the tax could explain its popularity. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax: Who pays and how much?," 20 Dec. 2019 Tea owes its popularity in Turkey largely to price. The Economist, "A nice cuppa taxpayers’ cash Why Turkey subsidises organic tea," 18 Dec. 2019

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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

5 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Popularity.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popularity. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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