What does Popular mean?

Definitions for Popular
ˈpɒp yə lərpop·u·lar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. popularadjective

    regarded with great favor, approval, or affection especially by the general public

    "a popular tourist attraction"; "a popular girl"; "cabbage patch dolls are no longer popular"

  2. popularadjective

    carried on by or for the people (or citizens) at large

    "the popular vote"; "popular representation"; "institutions of popular government"

  3. democratic, popularadjective

    representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large

    "democratic art forms"; "a democratic or popular movement"; "popular thought"; "popular science"; "popular fiction"

  4. popular, popadjective

    (of music or art) new and of general appeal (especially among young people)


  1. popularadjective

    Common among the general public; generally accepted.

  2. popularadjective

    Concerning the people; public.

  3. popularadjective

    Pertaining to or deriving from the people or general public.

  4. popularadjective

    Of low birth, not noble; vulgar, plebian.

  5. popularadjective

    Aimed at ordinary people, as opposed to specialists etc.; intended for general consumption.

  6. popularadjective

    Cultivating the favour of the common people.

    Such popular humanity is treason. - Joseph Addison

  7. popularadjective

    Liked by many people; generally pleasing, widely admired.

  8. popularadjective

    Adapted to the means of the common people; cheap.

  9. Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. POPULARadjective

    Etymology: populaire, Fr. popularis, Lat.

    I was sorry to hear with what partiality and popular heat elections were carried in many places. Charles I .

    The emmet join’d in her popular tribes
    Of commonalty. John Milton.

    So the popular vote inclines. John Milton.

    Homilies are plain and popular instructions. Richard Hooker.

    It might have been more popular and plausible to vulgar ears, if this first discourse had been spent in extolling the force of laws. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    Such as were popular,
    And well-deserving, were advanc’d by grace. Daniel.

    The old general was set aside, and prince Rupert put into the command, which was no popular change. Edward Hyde.

    A popular man is, in truth, no better than a prostitute to common same and to the people. Dryden.

    His virtues have undone his country;
    Such popular humanity is treason. Joseph Addison, Cato.


  1. Popular

    Popular (stylized Pop!ular) is the first single released from Australian singer-songwriter Darren Hayes second solo album, The Tension and the Spark. The lyrics are a tongue-in-cheek send-up of celebrities and wannabes. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in March 2005. This was Hayes' first #1 on the US Dance chart, either as a solo artist or with his former group, Savage Garden. A radio edit was made which omits the instrumental section after the second chorus and also adds several new drumbeats to the second verse. A video was later released and it shows Darren Hayes (and two scantily clad models) visiting various landmarks in London. A flash mob dance also takes place in one of the stations in London.


  1. popular

    Popular refers to something or someone that is liked, admired or enjoyed by many people or by a particular group of people. It may also be used to describe something that is widely accepted, used, or practiced.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Popularadjective

    of or pertaining to the common people, or to the whole body of the people, as distinguished from a select portion; as, the popular voice; popular elections

  2. Popularadjective

    suitable to common people; easy to be comprehended; not abstruse; familiar; plain

  3. Popularadjective

    adapted to the means of the common people; possessed or obtainable by the many; hence, cheap; common; ordinary; inferior; as, popular prices; popular amusements

  4. Popularadjective

    beloved or approved by the people; pleasing to people in general, or to many people; as, a popular preacher; a popular law; a popular administration

  5. Popularadjective

    devoted to the common people; studious of the favor of the populace

  6. Popularadjective

    prevailing among the people; epidemic; as, a popular disease

  7. Etymology: [L. popularis, fr. populus people: cf. F. populaire. See People.]


  1. Popular

    Popular is an American teenage comedy-drama on The WB Television Network in the United States, created by Ryan Murphy and Gina Matthews, starring Leslie Bibb and Carly Pope as two teenage girls that reside on polar opposite sides of the popularity spectrum at their high school, but are forced to get along when their single parents randomly meet on a cruise ship and get married. The show was produced by Touchstone and ran for two seasons on The WB from 1999 to 2001.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Popular

    pop′ū-lar, adj. pertaining to the people: pleasing to, or prevailing among, the people: enjoying the favour of the people: easily understood: inferior: (Shak.) vulgar.—n. Popularisā′tion.—v.t. Pop′ularise, to make popular or suitable to the people: to spread among the people.—ns. Pop′ulariser; Popular′ity, Pop′ularness, quality or state of being popular or pleasing to the people: favour with the people: a desire to obtain favour with the people.—adv. Pop′ularly.—v.t. Pop′ulāte, to people: to furnish with inhabitants.—v.i. to increase in numbers.—adj. populous.—n. Populā′tion, act of populating: the number of the inhabitants of any place.—adj. Pop′ulous, full of people: numerously inhabited: (Shak.) numerous.—adv. Pop′ulously.—n. Pop′ulousness. [Fr. populaire—L. popularispopulus, the people.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Popular' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #910

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Popular' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2265

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Popular' in Adjectives Frequency: #110

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Popular in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Popular in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Popular in a Sentence

  1. Chyen Yee Lee:

    We will redouble these efforts - but we must do this in a way that maintains the unique strengths of our system, these strengths include the ability to maintain a national consensus, to keep politics clean, to contain populist pressures while being responsive to popular needs.

  2. Roger Stone:

    My testimony before House Intelligence Committee was entirely truthful and there is no credible evidence to the contrary, from the beginning, I wanted to protect the identity of Randy Credico, because I knew that Randy Credico support for Julian Assange and the journalistic independence of WikiLeaks would not be popular in the progressive left circles where Randy Credico made a living.

  3. Jamie Raskin:

    Eastman's activities are perfectly clear at this point. John Eastman was the architect of the legal strategy to claim for the first time in American history that the Vice President had the unilateral authority to reject electoral college votes that were the result of popular elections.

  4. Channing Pollock:

    Home is the most popular, and will be the most enduring of all earthly establishments.

  5. Jeb Bush:

    Now everybody's talking tough, and that's not the sign of leadership ... You need to think these things through, and if it's not popular, persuade people toward your cause. That's what leadership is all about.

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