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 the game's popularity has meant big bucks for some, month over month growth has slowed. Alyssa Newcomb And Peter Maguire /, NBC News, "Video game 'Fortnite' is raking in millions and taking over the real world," 12 July 2018 And despite the star appeal of the NBA and the carping about the NFL, concussions and anthem protests, NFL media contracts and popularity dwarf that of the NBA and all other sports leagues. Andrew Brandt, SI.com, "How NFL and NBA Contracts Differ, and What NFL Players Can Do to Change It," 10 July 2018 The paint-alongs’ overwhelming popularity was so striking that other Utah libraries launched their own. Julia Lyon, Washington Post, "People are waiting in line. Is it Hamilton? No, it’s Bob Ross on YouTube.," 13 July 2018 Someone's follower count is a key measure of online popularity and influence. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Twitter purge wipes out a big chunk of Trump, Obama followers — and Twitter's own," 12 July 2018 Boesel also recalled Johnson’s strong popularity at Arlington High School, including frequently being voted teacher of the year by students. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Melvin Johnson, longtime science teacher in northwest suburbs, dies at 91," 12 July 2018 Mixologists at the central bar will soon start mixing palomas with kombucha or topping them with a mango freeze from Gunther's Ice Cream, and Miguel plans to capitalize on mezcal's current popularity by organizing tastings of the smoky liquor. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Taqueria Maya owners open Mexican restaurant with a millennial twist in railyard," 12 July 2018 While Golden State’s immense global popularity is surely a factor as well, there are other recent practical factors at play. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Two Years After Durant’s Decision, Adam Silver Changes Tune on Superteam Warriors," 11 July 2018 After that comes Sony with 2.27 percent, revealing a huge gap in popularity from Android phones compared to pricey iPhones. Fox News, "Owning an Apple iPhone is the best way to prove you're rich - replacing mustard," 10 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 \

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: the quality or state of being liked, enjoyed, accepted, or practiced by a large number of people

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