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[pop-yuh-lar-i-tee] /ˌpɒp yəˈlær ɪ ti/
the quality or fact of being popular.
the favor of the general public or of a particular group of people:
His popularity with television audiences is unrivaled.
Origin of popularity
First recorded in 1540-50, popularity is from the Latin word populāritās a courting of popular favor. See popular, -ity
Related forms
nonpopularity, noun
overpopularity, noun
semipopularity, noun
1, 2. acclaim, vogue, fashion, fame, repute. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The popularity of a public servant is always in danger of a tragical end if he lives long enough.

    Drake, Nelson and Napoleon Walter Runciman
  • Mrs Grey used to boast to you of my popularity; but I never liked it much.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • A bid for popularity, for notoriety: with its consequent financial kudos.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • The popularity of some people waxes strangely the latter part of April.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • From these facts we may pretty well learn the rise and progress of its popularity.

    British Pomology Robert Hogg
Word Origin and History for popularity

"fact or condition of being beloved by the people," c.1600, from French popularité (15c.), from popular + -ity. Classical Latin popularitas meant "fellow-citizenship." Popularity contest is from 1880.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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