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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.

    Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

  2. popularadjective

    Concerning the people; public.

    Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

  3. popularadjective

    Pertaining to or deriving from the people or general public.

    Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

  4. popularadjective

    Of low birth, not noble; vulgar, plebian.

    Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

  5. popularadjective

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

    Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

  6. popularadjective

    Cultivating the favour of the common people.

    Such popular humanity is treason. - Joseph Addison

    Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

  7. popularadjective

    Liked by many people; generally pleasing, widely admired.

    Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

  8. popularadjective

    Adapted to the means of the common people; cheap.

    Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

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

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

  2. Popularadjective

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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  5. Popularadjective

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

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

  6. Popularadjective

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

    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:

    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.

  2. Boris Willems:

    Such an environment could lead to bouts of heightened market volatility, particularly if investments are crowded in a few popular trades, as was frequently the case in 2015.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    A popular way to promote something is to ask the people to ban or boycott the same thing via social media post that gets the support of many bought-out netizens

  4. Adib Shishakly:

    They don't have a young generation and although there's some recruitment, they're not popular, people supported them because they were the only religious option, now there will be lots.

  5. Brad Parscale:

    President Trumps rally and endorsement in Mississippi undoubtedly had an impact and helped Governor Reeves nail down Governor Reeves victory, governor Reeves will be a tremendous conservative leader for Mississippians in fighting for freedom and keeping taxes low. Governor Reeves will also be a key ally as 2020 approaches and President Trump continues building momentum for re-election. Virginia Democrats sawHood as their strongest nominee in nearly a generation in a conservative state where Kentucky Republicans have been governor for 24 of the past 28 years. There were concerns in advance of the race that Mississippis Jim Crow-era election process could have made the election difficult to decide.The states 1890 constitution requires a statewide candidate to win a majority of both the popular vote and an electoral vote, with one electoral vote awarded to the top vote-getter in each of 122 state House districts. If nobody had won both, the election would have beendecided by the state The GOP, now controlled by Kentucky Republicans. Sen. Rand Paul campaigns for President Trump at Keep America Great Rally in Lexington, Kentucky. The GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at President Trump's Keep America Great rally in Lexington, Kentucky. Headlininga fired-up rally at Rupp Arena in Lexington on Monday night, President Trump jokingly acknowledged that the elections could be seen as a barometer of President Trump popular support amid Democrats impeachment inquiry. If Republicanstriumphed, President Trump remarked, the media wouldcover it as a.

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    ordinariness as a consequence of being average and not outstanding
    • A. mediocrity
    • B. suffering
    • C. decline
    • D. match

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