[ pops ]

  1. of or relating to a symphony orchestra specializing in popular or light classical music: Thursday is pops night on the concert series.

  1. (often initial capital letter)(used with a singular verb) a symphony orchestra specializing in popular and light classical music: When you're in Boston be sure to hear the Pops.

Origin of pops

First recorded in 1955–60; see origin at pop2

Words Nearby pops

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pops in a sentence

  • I touch a button an' out pops a bottle iv Bourbon that wud make ye'er eyes dance.

    Mr. Dooley Says | Finley Dunne
  • Jack pops up with a white handkerchief in one hand and stretches his arms over the pair in front of his box.

    Christmas Entertainments | Alice Maude Kellogg
  • A questing Pompilus comes upon the scene, finds the game to her liking and pops in her head at the entrance of the cell.

    More Hunting Wasps | J. Henri Fabre
  • There are plenty more to bag; but in bagging the next lot I'd advise you to keep your pops ready.

    Shadow, the Mysterious Detective | Police Captain Howard
  • The air valve is first opened or the spring tension reduced to a point where the engine misfires or pops back in the carburetor.

    Aviation Engines | Victor Wilfred Pag