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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.
of, relating to, or representing the people, especially the common people:
popular discontent.
of the people as a whole, especially 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.
Contemporary Examples

Miyuki Hatoyama appeared as a regular guest on Mikumo’s popular afternoon variety show.
Japan’s Maverick First Lady Lucy Birmingham September 24, 2009

So why is the most transparent administration ever shutting down a cheap and popular service?
No DNA Testing For You, Thanks to the FDA Nick Gillespie November 25, 2013

The most popular request: “Please do a high coiffure—a puffy one.”
Russian Politicians Flaunt ’80s Style At The Kremlin Anna Nemtsova October 15, 2012

Democrats won the popular vote for the House, but Republicans held the majority because of redistricting.
What’s Behind Nancy Pelosi’s Big Post-Election Announcement Eleanor Clift November 13, 2012

Last year they joined with the widows of the men from popular Unity in calling for an investigation into the triple homicide.
Anatomy of a Mexican Student Massacre Jason McGahan October 7, 2014

Historical Examples

The popular laugh was for the moment against him, but he continued to smile.
The Twins of Suffering Creek Ridgwell Cullum

He acquired a general knowledge of the ebb and flow of popular stocks.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

The individual whom I address is probably the most popular beggar in the town.
The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba Walter Goodman

The former is engaged in commerce and the latter is the popular member for Leeds.
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook

In India the juice of the leaves is a popular remedy for earache.
The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines T. H. Pardo de Tavera

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
(usually pl) cheap newspapers with mass circulation; the popular press Also shortened to pops

early 15c., “public,” from Middle French populier (Modern French populaire) and directly from Latin popularis “belonging to the people, general, common; devoted to or accepted by the people; democratic,” from populus “people” (see people (n.)).

Meaning “suited to ordinary people” is from 1570s in English; hence, of prices, “low, affordable to average persons” (1859). Meaning “well-liked, admired by the people” is attested from c.1600. Of art, entertainment, etc., “favored by people generally” from 1819 (popular song). Related: Popularly. Popular Front “coalition of Communists, Socialists, and radicals” is from 1936, first in a French context.


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