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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
pop•u•lar /ˈpɑpyəlɚ/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
pop•u•lar•ly, adv.: popularly elected.See -pop-.
- looked on or thought of with approval or affection by people in general;
admired:a popular preacher.
- Government of or relating to the common people or the people as a whole:[before a noun]popular government.
- found among the people generally:[before a noun]a popular superstition.
- appealing to or intended for the public at large:[before a noun]popular music.
(pop′yə lər),USA pronunciation adj.
- regarded with favor, approval, or affection by people in general:a popular preacher.
- regarded with favor, approval, or affection by an acquaintance or acquaintances:He's not very popular with me just now.
- Governmentof, pertaining to, or representing the people, esp. the common people:popular discontent.
- Governmentof the people as a whole, esp. of all citizens of a nation or state qualified to participate in an election:popular suffrage;the popular vote;popular representation.
- prevailing among the people generally:a popular superstition.
- suited to or intended for the general masses of people:popular music.
- adapted to the ordinary intelligence or taste:popular lectures on science.
- suited to the means of ordinary people;
not expensive:popular prices on all tickets.
- Latin populāris. See people, -ar1
- late Middle English populer 1375–1425
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged favorite, approved, liked.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged common, current. See general.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
popular /ˈpɒpjʊlə/ adj
- appealing to the general public; widely favoured or admired
- favoured by an individual or limited group: I'm not very popular with her
- connected with, representing, or prevailing among the general public; common: popular discontent
- appealing to or comprehensible to the layman: a popular lecture on physics
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin populāris belonging to the people, democratic, from populus peoplepopularity /ˌpɒpjʊˈlærɪtɪ/ n
- (usually plural) cheap newspapers with mass circulation; the popular press
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