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Populāris is a derivative of the noun populus “a human community, nation, the members of a society,” and in Rome “the entire people exercising its full legislative and judicial authority” (another weighty word). It is surprising that there is no certain etymology for populus. The most likely of several possible etymologies derives populus from Etruscan puplu (Etruscan, an extinct ancient language, is the “go to” language for Latin etymological problems); puplu appears in the name of the Etruscan town Pupluna ( Populōnia in Latin). For good measure, Rōma, the name of the city, is named after an Etruscan family, as are three of Rome’s seven hills.
The current, most familiar sense of popular , “regarded with favor, approval, or affection by many people,” dates from the very early 17th century.
Examples from the Web for popular
Charles “Father” Coughlin, a raving anti-Semite, was one of the most popular radio hosts in the country.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Whether he gets his full due in popular culture remains to be seen.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Do you think academic history and popular history have gotten more similar over the last 15 or 20 years?
Traditionally, popular history is almost purely driven by narrative.
A few minor notes, born of reflection: Traditionally, the best columns are dominated by politics—its most popular topic.
It was a very good example of how well the Belgians can manage a pageant, and how popular these shows are with the people.Peeps At Many Lands: Belgium|George W. T. Omond
His brother Olaf was a tall, thin man; handsome in countenance; lively, modest, and popular.Heimskringla|Snorri Sturlason
An example of this fallacy is the popular error that strong drink must be a cause of strength.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive|John Stuart Mill
The song, of which the words were his own, fitted neatly to a popular tune of the moment.Servants of the Guns|Jeffery E. Jeffery
He is a "poor" man in the popular sense of the word, but not in a correct sense.What Social Classes Owe to Each Other|William Graham Sumner