- regarded with favor, approval, or affection by people in general: a popular preacher.
- regarded with favor, approval, or affection by an acquaintance or acquaintances: He's not very popular with me just now.
- of, relating to, or representing the people, especially the common people: popular discontent.
- of the people as a whole, especially of all citizens of a nation or state qualified to participate in an election: popular suffrage; the popular vote; popular representation.
- prevailing among the people generally: a popular superstition.
- suited to or intended for the general masses of people: popular music.
- adapted to the ordinary intelligence or taste: popular lectures on science.
- suited to the means of ordinary people; not expensive: popular prices on all tickets.
Origin of popular
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Examples from the Web for non-popular
- appealing to the general public; widely favoured or admired
- favoured by an individual or limited groupI'm not very popular with her
- connected with, representing, or prevailing among the general public; commonpopular discontent
- appealing to or comprehensible to the laymana popular lecture on physics
- (usually plural) cheap newspapers with mass circulation; the popular pressAlso shortened to: pops
Word Origin and History for non-popular
early 15c., "public," from Middle French populier (Modern French populaire) and directly from Latin popularis "belonging to the people, general, common; devoted to or accepted by the people; democratic," from populus "people" (see people (n.)).
Meaning "suited to ordinary people" is from 1570s in English; hence, of prices, "low, affordable to average persons" (1859). Meaning "well-liked, admired by the people" is attested from c.1600. Of art, entertainment, etc., "favored by people generally" from 1819 (popular song). Related: Popularly. Popular Front "coalition of Communists, Socialists, and radicals" is from 1936, first in a French context.