What does popular mean?

Definitions for popular
ˈpɒp yə lərpop·u·lar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. popular(adj)

    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. popular(adj)

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

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

  3. democratic, popular(adj)

    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, pop(adj)

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

Wiktionary

  1. popular(Adjective)

    Common among the general public; generally accepted.

    Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

  2. popular(Adjective)

    Concerning the people; public.

    Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

  3. popular(Adjective)

    Pertaining to or deriving from the people or general public.

    Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

  4. popular(Adjective)

    Of low birth, not noble; vulgar, plebian.

    Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

  5. popular(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

  6. popular(Adjective)

    Cultivating the favour of the common people.

    Such popular humanity is treason. - Joseph Addison

    Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

  7. popular(Adjective)

    Liked by many people; generally pleasing, widely admired.

    Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

  8. popular(Adjective)

    Adapted to the means of the common people; cheap.

    Etymology: From popularis, from populus + -aris.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Popular(adj)

    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. Popular(adj)

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

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

  3. Popular(adj)

    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. Popular(adj)

    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. Popular(adj)

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

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

  6. Popular(adj)

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

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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Arnold Glasgow:

    Expecting something for nothing is the most popular form of hope.

  2. Jeffree Star:

    I don't want anyone that is inspired by me to think that gossip, hate and negativity is how you get popular. It's not respectable at all and I've had to learn the hard way, i want you guys to know I am not who I used to be and I haven't been for a while. I will never handle a situation like this again.

  3. Yang Hengming:

    Football is the most popular sport in the world, football has unique potential to bring the people together, and bring the community together. And this is exactly why Wanda has signed up with FIFA, not just for the 2018 World Cup, but until World Cup in China.

  4. Aristotle:

    It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.

  5. The Incubator:

    The ladies are ecstatic about the experience and opportunity the NASA challenge provided, while it is true they had amazing community support in the popular public voting, the challenge is focused on the delivery of the scientific exploration... Win or lose -- the girls met their goals and will wish the final winner congratulations.

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