popular

[pop-yuh-ler]
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adjective
  1. regarded with favor, approval, or affection by people in general: a popular preacher.
  2. regarded with favor, approval, or affection by an acquaintance or acquaintances: He's not very popular with me just now.
  3. of, relating to, or representing the people, especially the common people: popular discontent.
  4. 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.
  5. prevailing among the people generally: a popular superstition.
  6. suited to or intended for the general masses of people: popular music.
  7. adapted to the ordinary intelligence or taste: popular lectures on science.
  8. suited to the means of ordinary people; not expensive: popular prices on all tickets.

Origin of popular

1375–1425; late Middle English populer < Latin populāris. See people, -ar1
Related formsan·ti·pop·u·lar, adjectivenon·pop·u·lar, adjectiveo·ver·pop·u·lar, adjectivepseu·do·pop·u·lar, adjectivequa·si-pop·u·lar, adjectivesem·i·pop·u·lar, adjectivesub·pop·u·lar, adjective
Can be confusedpoplar popular

Synonyms for popular

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1. favorite, approved, liked. 5. common, current.

Synonym study

5. See general.
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Contemporary Examples of popular

Historical Examples of popular

  • 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.

  • There is one stream which I dread my inability to stem—it is the tide of Popular Opinion.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • The former is engaged in commerce and the latter is the popular member for Leeds.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • It is said that Mr. Gladstone, now for the first time, became a popular hero.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook


British Dictionary definitions for popular

popular

adjective
  1. appealing to the general public; widely favoured or admired
  2. favoured by an individual or limited groupI'm not very popular with her
  3. connected with, representing, or prevailing among the general public; commonpopular discontent
  4. appealing to or comprehensible to the laymana popular lecture on physics
noun
  1. (usually plural) cheap newspapers with mass circulation; the popular pressAlso shortened to: pops
Derived Formspopularity (ˌpɒpjʊˈlærɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for popular

C15: from Latin populāris belonging to the people, democratic, from populus people
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Word Origin and History for popular
adj.

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.

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