pop·​u·​lar·​i·​ty ˌpä-pyə-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce popularity (audio)
: the quality or state of being popular

Examples of popularity in a Sentence

the increasing popularity of cell phones
Recent Examples on the Web According to a Yelp's 2023 State of the Restaurant Industry report, habits have shifted, and earlier meals are growing in popularity—even the demand for 4 p.m. reservations nearly doubled. Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Sep. 2023 Breeze In 1990, as frozen yogurt grew in popularity, the chain decided to try its hand at a healthier Blizzard. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 10 Sep. 2023 The choice of this sport may seem curious: the National Football League and National Basketball League dominate American sports in attendance and viewership, while soccer far surpasses tennis in its global popularity. Marek Makowski, The New Republic, 9 Sep. 2023 Regulations and safety protocol, however, have not always kept up with the site’s growing popularity. Shannon Sollitt, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Sep. 2023 As the owner of one of the most popular Betsey Johnson archive pages, she’s seen the effect of the wave in popularity firsthand. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 8 Sep. 2023 However, despite the inequities, BDSM is rising in popularity. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 7 Sep. 2023 Despite its popularity, nobody knows how Anscombe concocted his famous quartet. Jack Murtagh, Scientific American, 7 Sep. 2023 Whether or not the move to regulate short-term rentals in New York works has huge implications for other major tourist cities where the popularity of short-term rentals has contributed to housing shortages and affordability issues. Amanda Hoover, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1574, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of popularity was in 1574

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“Popularity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popularity. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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