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 British veterinary scientists expressed concern that the booming popularity of brachycephalic dog breeds foretold no bust. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harpers Magazine, "Findings," 5 Jan. 2021 But as the popularity of the island soared, its culture became ever more marginal. Paul Richardson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Thanks to a New Generation of Creatives, Mallorca Is Shedding Its Party Reputation," 4 Jan. 2021 Older Belgian guns have also resurfaced in duck blinds due to the popularity of bismuth and tungsten shotshells. John Gordon, Outdoor Life, "Are Today’s New Hunting Shotguns Really Worth the Price? Here Are 4 Used (and Cheaper) Models to Consider," 4 Jan. 2021 Due to the soaring popularity of the trails, the field size will again be capped at 250 boats for high school. Frank Sargeant, al, "Deer Hunters Alerted to Watch for CWD," 3 Jan. 2021 Professor Sarah Heilbronner from the University of Minnesota’s department of neuroscience says that the popularity of morning routine content might be linked to anxiety being caused by COVID-19. Sahar Arshad, refinery29.com, "Why Are We So Obsessed With Morning Routines On TikTok?," 1 Jan. 2021 The newfound popularity of buy-now-pay-later offers is leading regulators to pay closer attention to the offerings. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "Covid-19 Economy Boosts ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Installment Services," 30 Dec. 2020 Nonetheless Paul Mescal, the actor who portrays Connell, has a big part to play in the popularity of the simple silver chain. The T&c Fashion Editors, Town & Country, "The Biggest Fashion Moments from 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 The pianist and prominent music educator helped revive the popularity of traditional jazz. oregonlive, "The departed: Heroes, celebrities and rogues, from Oregon and beyond, who died in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020

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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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11 Jan 2021

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“Popularity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popularity. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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