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 Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders owe much of their popularity among progressive voters to their support for a wealth tax. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "A majority of Republicans actually support a wealth tax—if you don’t call it that," 10 Jan. 2020 The introduction of the pistol stabilizing brace deserves full-credit for the surge of popularity of this once decadent variant of the AR-15 is enjoying. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "Best Guns of the Decade," 2 Jan. 2020 With the festive season coming to a close, there is little optimism that Cats will use one of its nine lives and experience a surge of popularity. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "A Cats Catastrophe? The Film Could Lose £75 Million & Its Awards Consideration," 1 Jan. 2020 The sport, though growing in popularity among both men and women, is inherently a niche one for the landlocked country. New York Times, "For Women in Kabul, ‘It Is Just Me and the Water’," 22 Dec. 2019 Yet even with the tragedies, scandals and assorted controversies, the NFL steams toward the next decade with a certain momentum of popularity. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Why this past decade of NFL scandals is the worst stretch ever for the league," 20 Dec. 2019 The report showed company leaders were aware of the product's popularity among teenagers soon after its 2015 launch, contradicting statements that Juul was caught off guard by teenage use last year. NBC News, "FDA targets e-cigs that hook teens but don't help smokers quit," 19 Dec. 2019 The proposal comes amid mounting scrutiny of vaping, which has grown in popularity among young people despite health concerns about nicotine addiction and a wave of recent illnesses linked to black market THC vaping products. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Using and selling vaping products could be banned on Arizona public university property," 21 Nov. 2019 After years of popularity throughout Europe, the cocktail finally cracked the US in 2017, with year-on-year sales of its base spirit, the Italian liqueur Aperol, rising 48%. Natasha Frost, Quartzy, "As Aperol spritz fatigue sets in, the fight to sell the next big drink is already underway," 30 Oct. 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

19 Jan 2020

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“Popularity.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popularity. Accessed 20 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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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