- 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 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?
January 7, 2015
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
January 4, 2015
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.The Best Columns of 2014
John Avlon, Errol Louis
December 31, 2014
He acquired a general knowledge of the ebb and flow of popular stocks.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I wouldn't attempt to be, I am not clever or popular enough.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
There is one stream which I dread my inability to stem—it is the tide of Popular Opinion.
The former is engaged in commerce and the latter is the popular member for Leeds.
It is said that Mr. Gladstone, now for the first time, became a popular hero.
- 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 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.