What does popular mean?

Definitions for popularˈpɒp yə lər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word popular.

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)


  1. popular(Adjective)

    Common among the general public; generally accepted.

  2. popular(Adjective)

    Concerning the people; public.

  3. popular(Adjective)

    Pertaining to or deriving from the people or general public.

  4. popular(Adjective)

    Of low birth, not noble; vulgar, plebian.

  5. popular(Adjective)

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

  6. popular(Adjective)

    Cultivating the favour of the common people.

    Such popular humanity is treason. - Joseph Addison

  7. popular(Adjective)

    Liked by many people; generally pleasing, widely admired.

  8. popular(Adjective)

    Adapted to the means of the common people; cheap.

  9. Origin: 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

  2. Popular(adj)

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

  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

  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

  5. Popular(adj)

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

  6. Popular(adj)

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

  7. Origin: [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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. David Demming on Labor Day:

    They are really popular under the tree.

  2. Thomas Carlyle:

    Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.

  3. Laurence J. Peter:

    In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular.

  4. Rose Elizabeth Bird:

    It is easy to be popular. It is not easy to be just.

  5. Phyllis George:

    The most popular labor-saving device is still money.

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