by the people as a whole; generally; widely: a fictitious story popularly accepted as true.
for popular taste; for the general masses of people: He writes popularly on many subjects.

Origin of popularly

First recorded in 1570–80; popular + -ly
Related formsnon·pop·u·larly, adverbo·ver·pop·u·lar·ly, adverbqua·si-pop·u·lar·ly, adverbsem·i·pop·u·lar·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for popularly

Contemporary Examples of popularly

Historical Examples of popularly

  • It is popularly believed in Gavrillac that M. de Kercadiou is my father.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • He was dressed in a flashy style, not unlike what is popularly denominated a swell.

    The Cash Boy

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • We have called it many names, but it is popularly known as the "Big Lead."

  • In some form or other, this belief was popularly held everywhere.

  • Hence she obtained her crest, which is popularly said to be her father's grave-hillock.

British Dictionary definitions for popularly



by the public as a whole; generally or widely
usually; commonlyhis full name is Robert, but he is popularly known as Bob
in a popular manner
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