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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
pop•u•lar /ˈpɑpyəlɚ/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. looked on or thought of with approval or affection by people in general;
    well-liked;
    admired:a popular preacher.
  2. Government of or relating to the common people or the people as a whole:[before a noun]popular government.
  3. found among the people generally:[before a noun]a popular superstition.
  4. appealing to or intended for the public at large:[before a noun]popular music.
pop•u•lar•ly, adv.: popularly elected.See -pop-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
pop•u•lar  (popyə lər),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. regarded with favor, approval, or affection by people in general:a popular preacher.
  2. regarded with favor, approval, or affection by an acquaintance or acquaintances:He's not very popular with me just now.
  3. Governmentof, pertaining to, or representing the people, esp. the common people:popular discontent.
  4. 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.
  5. prevailing among the people generally:a popular superstition.
  6. suited to or intended for the general masses of people:popular music.
  7. adapted to the ordinary intelligence or taste:popular lectures on science.
  8. 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
  1. appealing to the general public; widely favoured or admired
  2. favoured by an individual or limited group: I'm not very popular with her
  3. connected with, representing, or prevailing among the general public; common: popular discontent
  4. appealing to or comprehensible to the layman: a popular lecture on physics
n
  1. (usually plural) cheap newspapers with mass circulation; the popular press
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin populāris belonging to the people, democratic, from populus people

popularity /ˌpɒpjʊˈlærɪtɪ/ n



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