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Meaning of popular by Wiktionary Dictionary

Popular


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    Etymology

    Latin popularis, from populus ( “people” ): compare French populaire. See people

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈpɑpjulɝ/ ( GA )

    Adjective

    popular ( comparative more popular, superlative most popular )

    1. 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 .
      popular states - Francis Bacon
      So the popular vote inclines. - John Milton
      The commonly held in popular estimation are greatest at a distance. - John Henry Newman
    2. Suitable to common people; easy to be comprehended; not abstruse; familiar; plain .
      Homilies are plain popular instructions. - Richard Hooker
    3. Adapted to the means of the common people; possessed or obtainable by the many; hence, cheap; common; ordinary; inferior; as, popular prices; popular amusements .
      The smallest figs, called popular figs, . . . are, of all others, the basest and of least account. - Holland? .
    4. 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. ( rare ) Devoted to the common people; studious of the favor of the populace .
      Such popular humanity is treason. - Joseph Addison
    6. ( obsolete ) Prevailing among the people; epidemic; as, a popular disease. - Samuel Johnson

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    See also

    • popular in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913


Explanation of popular by Wordnet Dictionary

Popular


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

    2. representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large

    3. a democratic or popular movement
      popular thought
      popular science
      popular fiction
    4. carried on by or for the people ( or citizens ) at large

    5. the popular vote
      popular representation
      institutions of popular government
    6. regarded with great favor, approval, or affection especially by the general public

    7. a popular tourist attraction
      a popular girl
      cabbage patch dolls are no longer popular


    Definition of popular by GCIDE Dictionary

    Popular


    1. Popular a. [L. popularis, fr. populus people: cf. F. populaire. See People.]
      1. 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.” “Popular states.” Bacon. “So the popular vote inclines.” Milton.

      The men commonly held in popular estimation are greatest at a distance. J. H. Newman.

      2. Suitable to common people; easy to be comprehended; not abstruse; familiar; plain.

      Homilies are plain popular instructions. Hooker.

      3. Adapted to the means of the common people; possessed or obtainable by the many; hence, cheap; common; ordinary; inferior; as, “popular prices; popular amusements.”

      The smallest figs, called popular figs, . . . are, of all others, the basest and of least account. Holland.

      4. 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. Devoted to the common people; studious of the favor of the populace. [R.]

      Such popular humanity is treason. Addison.

      6. Prevailing among the people; epidemic; as, “a popular disease”. [Obs.] Johnson.

      Popular action ( Law ), an action in which any person may sue for penalty imposed by statute. Blackstone.