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

Examples of popularity in a Sentence

the increasing popularity of cell phones
Recent Examples on the Web Formula One, the sleek, wealthy globetrotting series that has exploded in popularity in North America, formally opened its three-day Miami Grand Prix on Friday with a must-be-there vibe and the promise of more to come. Jenna Fryer, Sun Sentinel, 6 May 2022 Internet activism can, like feminism itself, sometimes feel like a popularity contest, in which infighting and performative one-upmanship, as opposed to earnest and eager debate, are go-to strategies. Samhita Mukhopadhyay, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 Some of the names that decreased in popularity from 2020 to 2021 include Jaxtyn and Karsyn for boys, and Denisse and, unsurprisingly, Karen for girls. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 In the 1940s, the pesticide DDT exploded in popularity. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 4 May 2022 All the while, Yungblud was growing in popularity in a particular rock ‘n’ roll niche. Maria Sherman, SPIN, 2 May 2022 There are those that might call the Oscars a popularity contest, but one thing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences does do is make sure that those who violate their code of conduct are no longer welcome. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 8 Apr. 2022 The huge number of candidates combined with the brief 2.5-month window for campaigning make the primary something of a popularity contest, said Democratic former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Apr. 2022 Sourcing the by-products of a particular fruit, vegetable, or spice plant that's in season or growing in popularity in the restaurant industry at large is a way of tapping in to increasing demand while helping farms and distributors. Taylore Glynn, Allure, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of popularity

1574, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2022

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“Popularity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popularity. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for popularity


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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