pops

[ pops ]
/ pɒps /

adjective

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

noun

(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.

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Origin of pops

First recorded in 1955–60; see origin at pop2

Definition for pops (2 of 6)

Origin of pop

1
1375–1425; late Middle English (noun) poppe a blow; (v.) poppen to strike; of expressive orig.

SYNONYMS FOR pop

regional variation note for pop

19. See soda pop.

Definition for pops (3 of 6)

pop2
[ pop ]
/ pɒp /

adjective

of or relating to popular songs: pop music; pop singers.
of or relating to pop art.
reflecting or aimed at the tastes of the general masses of people: pop culture; pop novels.

noun

popular music: It's the first time she's sung pop.
pop art.

Origin of pop

2
First recorded in 1860–65; shortening of popular

Definition for pops (4 of 6)

pop3
[ pop ]
/ pɒp /

noun Informal.

Origin of pop

3
First recorded in 1820–30; short form of poppa

Definition for pops (5 of 6)

pop4
[ pop ]
/ pɒp /

noun

a frozen ice or ice-cream confection on a stick.

Origin of pop

4
probably shortening of Popsicle

Definition for pops (6 of 6)

Whiteman
[ hwahyt-muh n, wahyt- ]
/ ˈʰwaɪt mən, ˈwaɪt- /

noun

PaulPops,1891–1967, U.S. orchestra conductor.
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British Dictionary definitions for pops (1 of 4)

POP

abbreviation for

point of presence: a device that enables access to the internet
internet post office protocol: a protocol which brings e-mail to and from a mail server
Post Office Preferred (size of envelopes, etc)
persistent organic pollutant

British Dictionary definitions for pops (2 of 4)

See also pop off, pop-up

Word Origin for pop

C14: of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for pops (3 of 4)

pop2
/ (pɒp) /

noun

  1. music of general appeal, esp among young people, that originated as a distinctive genre in the 1950s. It is generally characterized by a strong rhythmic element and the use of electrical amplification
  2. (as modifier)pop music; a pop record; a pop group
informal a piece of popular or light classical music

adjective

informal short for popular

British Dictionary definitions for pops (4 of 4)

pop3
/ (pɒp) /

noun

an informal word for father
informal a name used in addressing an old or middle-aged man
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