[ pop-yuh-lar-i-tee ]
/ ˌpɒp yəˈlær ɪ ti /


the quality or fact of being popular.
the favor of the general public or of a particular group of people: His popularity with television audiences is unrivaled.

Nearby words

  1. popular music,
  2. popular singer,
  3. popular song,
  4. popular sovereignty,
  5. popular vote,
  6. popularization,
  7. popularize,
  8. popularly,
  9. populate,
  10. population

Origin of popularity

First recorded in 1540–50, popularity is from the Latin word populāritās a courting of popular favor. See popular, -ity

Related formsnon·pop·u·lar·i·ty, nouno·ver·pop·u·lar·i·ty, nounsem·i·pop·u·lar·i·ty, noun

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Word Origin and History for popularity



"fact or condition of being beloved by the people," c.1600, from French popularité (15c.), from popular + -ity. Classical Latin popularitas meant "fellow-citizenship." Popularity contest is from 1880.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper