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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. Bernie Sanders:

    And we know what that's about. That's trying to win support from the African-American community where the President is enormously popular.

  2. President Trump:

    Each of you has bravely resisted California’s deadly and unconstitutional sanctuary state laws, you’ve gone through a lot, too, although it’s become quite popular what you do.

  3. Kailey Gray:

    A lot of young people are turned off by politicians because they don't exactly tell the truth all the time and flip flop around the issues, you can just kind of tell when someone isn't sincere, but Bernie's been saying the same thing for decades and he doesn't sway on the issues. He really knows what's right and sticks to what he believes in even if it's not the most popular.

  4. Volodymyr Zelenskiy:

    I get many questions about impeachment everywhere, in my previous profession as a producer, screenwriter and actor, I wanted an Oscar and wanted to be very popular in the United States. Now I am very popular in the USA, but I didn't want to find (it in) such a way.

  5. Erik Gartland:

    Despite some popular notions of housing hardship, like expecting more impact in coastal areas where housing costs are highest, hardship was concentrated in southern states, this overlay of race and hardship reflects systemic racism and pre-pandemic disparities in housing that has grown as we have seen a disproportionate impact of the pandemic on Black and Latino workers.

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