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

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The popularity prompted responses from users who joked about FAFSA looking at the tweet, referring to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a form that is filled out to receive different types of federal financial aid. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Snitching on Teens' Luxurious Prom Photos to the FAFSA Office Doesn't Impact Student Aid Applications," 10 Apr. 2019 The British royal family have influenced everything from clothing sales, to food popularity, to baby names, and now even tourism trends. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Helped Make London 2019’s “Top Destination”," 28 Mar. 2019 The empowering electro pop anthem became a viral hit, and in the two years since, the now-22-year-old singer’s popularity has skyrocketed. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sigrid Plans to Be Around for a Long Time," 11 Mar. 2019 Because of Tyler's high popularity, you'll be added to a waiting list ... a.k.a. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get a Reading with 'Hollywood Medium' Tyler Henry," 7 Mar. 2019 According to Clamp, cement tile is gaining popularity due in part to the rise of social media. Megan Beauchamp, House Beautiful, "Alert: Encaustic Tile is Making a Major Comeback," 12 Feb. 2019 Younger workers including those in the millennial generation will embrace these new technologies and help drive their popularity in the workplace, Mr. Park said. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "New Display Technologies Set to Transform Workspaces," 11 Mar. 2019 The fervor around them would be hard to overstate, considering their inventor went into hiding in the Tahoe National Forest at the peak of their popularity. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Every Furby gets a home," 21 Dec. 2018 By the late 1800s, Victorian, Italianate, and Greek Revival houses were also common, which were larger and more ornate than their colonial predecessors—and their popularity certainly influenced how the Colonial Revival evolved. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Colonial Revival Design," 19 Nov. 2018

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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 How to pronounce popularity (audio) \

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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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