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, pertaining 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.

1375–1425; late Middle English populer < Latin populāris. See people, -ar1

antipopular, adjective
nonpopular, adjective
overpopular, adjective
pseudopopular, adjective
quasi-popular, adjective
semipopular, adjective
subpopular, adjective

poplar, popular.

1. favorite, approved, liked. 5. common, current. See general.
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popular (ˈpɒpjʊlə)
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
5.  (usually plural) Also shortened to: pops cheap newspapers with mass circulation; the popular press
[C15: from Latin populāris belonging to the people, democratic, from populus people]

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Word Origin & History

1490, "public," from L. popularis "belonging to the people," from populus "people." Meaning "well-liked, admired by the people" is attested from 1608. Popularity "fact or condition of being beloved by the people" is first recorded 1601; popularity contest is from 1941. Popular Front "coalition of Communists,
Socialists, and radicals" is from 1936. Popularize "to make a complex topic intelligible to the people" is from 1833.
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Example sentences
Another reason daylilies are popular is that they're so easy to grow.
Programs that let parents track grades in real time are popular but can raise
He remained popular but his prestige was ebbing.
Lincoln won by a narrow popular majority, but a significant electoral majority.
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