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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.

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. Jeb Bush:

    He's the last Republican that was president. He is the most popular Republican alive, he has made tough decisions as president. All of that, I think, is important for people to be reminded of.

  2. Karolina Burczyk:

    Our region is very family-oriented, more people used to vote for PO but now PiS is more popular.

  3. Jeb Bush:

    They could have led the charge to create a strategy to deal with ISIS and Assad, and they didn't, because it was not popular at the time. And then conditions change.

  4. Jonathan Swift:

    I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution.

  5. Emma Thompson:

    Oh crikey, great start, great start for a movie about something else, actually there is a quite a good answer, in a sense, because this movie's about being brave, about saying things that are not popular.

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