popularity

[pop-yuh-lar-i-tee]
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noun
  1. the quality or fact of being popular.
  2. the favor of the general public or of a particular group of people: His popularity with television audiences is unrivaled.

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
n.

"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