Definition of Popular

1. Adjective. Regarded with great favor, approval, or affection especially by the general public. "Cabbage patch dolls are no longer popular"

Attributes: Popularity
Similar to: Best-selling, Fashionable, Favorite, Favourite, Hot, Touristed, Touristy
Derivative terms: Popularity
Antonyms: Unpopular

2. Adjective. Carried on by or for the people (or citizens) at large. "Institutions of popular government"
Similar to: Democratic

3. Adjective. Representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large. "Popular fiction"
Exact synonyms: Democratic
Similar to: Common
Derivative terms: Democracy

4. Adjective. (of music or art) new and of general appeal (especially among young people).
Exact synonyms: Pop
Category relationships: Art, Artistic Creation, Artistic Production, Music
Similar to: Nonclassical
Derivative terms: Popularity

Definition of Popular

1. a. 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.

Definition of Popular

1. Adjective. Common among the general public; generally accepted. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

2. Adjective. (legal) Concerning the people; public. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

3. Adjective. Pertaining to or deriving from the people or general public. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

4. Adjective. (obsolete) Of low birth, not noble; vulgar, plebian. (defdate 16th-17th c.) ¹

5. Adjective. Aimed at ordinary people, as opposed to specialists etc.; intended for general consumption. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

6. Adjective. (obsolete) Cultivating the favour of the common people. (defdate 16th-18th c.) ¹

7. Adjective. Liked by many people; generally pleasing, widely admired. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

8. Adjective. Adapted to the means of the common people; cheap. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

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Definition of Popular

1. liked by many people [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Popular

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Literary usage of Popular

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1. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1907)
"THE NEED OF popular UNDERSTANDING OF INTERNATIONAL LAW The increase of popular control over national conduct, which marks the political development of our ..."

2. Addresses on International Subjects by Elihu Root (1916)
"THE NEED OF popular UNDERSTANDING OF INTERNATIONAL LAW At the eleventh annual meeting of the Lake Mohonk Conference on International Arbitration the ..."

3. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life by George Eliot (1873)
"popular Edition, in One Volume, 8vo, Paper, $i 50; Cloth, $2 oo. Like the previous writings of George Eliot, it finds the material of its wonderful ..."

4. The Budget and Responsible Government: A Description and Interpretation of by Frederick Albert Cleveland, Arthur Eugene Buck (1920)
"popular Good Will — the only Safe Foundation for Institution Building v Class rule in any form is autocratic. Autocracy in any form violates the most ..."

5. Pedagogical Articles: Linen-measurer by Leo Tolstoy, Leo Wiener (1904)
"Not to speak of the schools of antiquity, of India, Egypt, ancient Greece, and even Rome, the arrangement of which is as little known to us as the popular ..."

6. The Life of Samuel J. Tilden by John Bigelow, Samuel Jones Tilden (1895)
"THE LIFE OF SAMUEL J. TILDEN CHAPTER I Presidential canvass of — Assailable points of Grant's administration — popular majority for Tilden and Hendricks ..."

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